By Bamidele Fashube
The Oyo state government on Tuesday approved $1.2 million for the upgrade of six schools across the state for agribusiness education.
It said the benefitting schools are spread across the six geopolitical zones within the state.
The State’s Commissioner for Finance, Mr Akinola Ojo, made the disclosure at the end of its executive council meeting.
According to him, the move was in partnership with the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) under a Start Them Early Programme (STEP).
He said the decision followed the successful launch of STEP in Oyo State and inauguration of STEP Agribusiness Facility at Fasola Grammar School, Oyo State, Nigeria, in July.
In his explanations, he said the project would be funded in three tranches within two years.
While stressing that the development is aimed at encouraging youths to look into agribusiness, he said:“The state is blessed with arable landmass and we want to harness this potential by engaging our youths to actualise the expansion of the State’s economy.
“The programme is for the total cost of $1.2 million and what they are going to do is, they are going to put together in the six geo-political zones, schools will be used as a pilot.”
Also present at the briefing were Commissioners for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatubosun,Local Government, Mr Bayo Lawal; and Environment and Natural Resources, Mr Idowu Oyeleke.