Multinational oil company, Chevron Nigeria Limited has empowered 40 graduates through the Partnership Initiative in the Niger Delta (PIND) known as Youths Cassava Enterprise Project.
The project was launched in Ondo State in partnership with the states Wealth Creation Agency (WECA).
Speaking at the launch of the programme, the Director, Deepwater and Production Sharing Contracts of Star Deep Water Petroleum Limited, Jeffery Ewing said the project is aimed at developing and encouraging young Nigerians to go into farming and make it a career and a business.”
He said: “We believe the cassava project will have a tremendous impact on the youths in Ondo state through employment creation, poverty reduction, skill acquisition and livelihood improvement.
“The project will also support the development of rural cottage industries to ensure the growth of the local economy.
“This will no doubt boost the governments efforts in making agriculture a significant revenue yielding sector in the country.
The program Director of PIND , Dr Dara Akala observed that farmers are becoming old hence the need for the project which will serve as an avenue to train new hands and encourage them to build a career in farming.
Lauding the efforts of the organisers of the programme, Governor Olusegun Mimiko stated that his administration’s commitment towards alleviating unemployment and poverty has attracted lots of private organisations to patner with them.
This is coming at a time when Africa’s richest man and owner of Dangote Group of companies laid off about 48 workers as the cost of production increases amidst severe economic recession.
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