Obaseki to expand job creation drive with cassava-to-ethanol initiative, ESOPP, other agric programmes

13 Jan 2023

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The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said that the state government’s job creation drive will get a boost in 2023 with the state’s cassava-to-ethanol initiative, Edo State Oil Palm Programme (ESOPP) and other agricultural programmes in the state.

The governor disclosed this in a recent chat with journalists in the state.

 According to him: “Quite a number of jobs are currently being created from several opportunities in the State’s agricultural sector such as the Edo State Oil Palm Programme (ESOPP), our cassava to ethanol initiatives, Forestry plantations and also in poultry production. These and many more areas will contribute significantly to our Gross Domestic Product.”

 Speaking broadly on efforts to improve the skills of youth in the state, he said: “Through the Edo State Basic Education Sector Transformation (EdoBEST 2.0) reforms, we are disarticulating Junior from Senior secondary schools and improving their curriculum and pedagogy in line with the success achieved in EDOBEST 1.0. To ensure a viable and productive youth-led economy, we will be advancing more pragmatic reforms to make Technical and Vocational Training and Education (TVET) schools better, as we intend to refurbish and open more of such schools across the 18 Local Government Areas of the State.

“This year we will continue our emphasis in building the capacity of our young population to find quality jobs in areas like Agriculture, Health services and technology. Hence The Edo State College of Agriculture, Iguoriakhi will take in its first set of students before September this year, while the Edo State School of Health Technology will be rebuilt to meet global standards just like we did with our School of Nursing Sciences.”