Nigeria: Ekiti govt Partners CBN As Youth Council Set to Employ 400
London, April 29, 2019 (AltAfrica)- Ekiti State Government has opened discussion with the officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in Ado-Ekiti the state capital over its commitment to partner with relevant organizations towards creating employment opportunities for the youth in the state.
The Director General of the Bureau of Employment Labour and productivity, Mr. Olarenwaju Ogunjobi stated this at a parley with the CBN officials in Ado-Ekiti. the state capital where he expressed the readiness of the State Government to collaborate with the apex bank to enhance the economy growth and development of the State through enterprise and employment generation, particularly for the youths.
Mr. Ogunjobi who solicited the assistance of the apex bank in combating the rising youth unemployment in the state, specifically called for the support of the CBN in funding and facilitating
enterprise development aimed at enhancing the state economy.
Responding, the CBN Branch Controller, Ekiti State Office, Mr. Ademola Atobatele said the state was rated low in accessing CBN ‘s intervention programme due to the failure of the immediate past
government to access some facilities offered by the Bank.
Mr. Atobatele listed some of the Bank facilities to include the Anchor Borrowers Programmes, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund, Youth Entrepreneurship Development Programme, Agribusiness /Small and Medium Enterprise Investment Scheme among others which he said other states in the South West and other parts of the country have been enjoying.
The CBN team however advised the state government to make concrete effort to re-orientate the youths and encourage them to embrace agriculture and make agribusiness more attractive to the youths.
Meanwhile, the Ekiti State chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYC), has submitted a proposal on youth empowerment which would provide jobs for about 400 young people in the state through waste management.
Submitting the proposal to the Director General of the Bureau of Employment, Labor and Productivity, Mr. Olarenwaju Ogunjobi in his office in Ado-Ekiti, the NYC Chairman, Mr. Eyitayo Fabunmi solicited the approval of the state government that will ensure the project becomes a reality in Ekiti State.
He said the project was conceptualized to improve sanitation, engage the youths in nation building and support the government’s efforts towards improving the internally generated revenue through waste collection.
Mr. Fabunmi who explained that Ado metropolis will be subdivided into 10 different districts added that places like, eateries, market places, school premises, motor parks, residential premises, hotels,
inns and petrol station are part of the coverage areas of the proposal.
Mr Fabunmi said 10,000 household has been mapped out for the pilot stage of the project in Ado-Ekiti and expressed confidence that the project will not only enhance clean environment but also increase the state internally generated revenue and also afford the youths the opportunity to contribute their quota in nation building through self-help community project initiatives and environmental hazard control.
Responding, the Director General of Bureau of Employment, Labour and Productivity, Mr. Olarenwaju Ogunjobi commended the NYC leadership for coming up with such a feasible proposal which is targeted at resolving one of the pressing environmental challenges.
Mr Olanrewaju who described the state Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi as a man who has passion for youth development said that the proposal will be forwarded to the appropriate quarters for consideration and that the government will not hesitate give the youth every necessary support..