By Seyifunmi Odunuga
Supporting responsible investments in Agriculture and ensuring food security, the Oyo State government has reiterated its plan to collaborate with TITAN Farms and other credible private partners to boost rice production in the State.
This was recently disclosed by the Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Raufu Aderemi Olaniyan while featuring on an interactive program organised Freelance and Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria (FIBAN) Oyo State Chapter where he was engaged by the broadcast media in the state.
Engr. Olaniyan who claimed to own a big farm in the Oke-Ogun axis of the state assured of Government’s readiness to provide an enabling and secured environment for farmers to strive while calling on other young entrepreneurs to feel safe to come into Oyo State for investment.
He however reiterated the government’s plan to strengthen the security architecture of the State towards ensuring a conducive and secured atmosphere for businesses to strive, especially farmers involved in rice production such as TITAN Farms that had played a huge role in creating employment opportunities for youths in the state.
“The government has no business in doing business, but what the government has to do is to provide an enabling environment for every business to strive and one of the cardinal programs in that regard is security and we are doing everything possible to ensure a secured atmosphere for all.
“My door is open to TITAN for consultation and healthy collaboration with the government because I am a farmer too and we must commend TITAN as the government for providing employment for our youths, I was told thousands of our youths are gainfully employed under your firm.
“We must thank you because we’re more interested in creating employment opportunities for our youths, so employment of our youths is more paramount to us and we will be available to you for any assistance that will make your business survive.
“Oyo Government works to empower youth to engage in responsible agricultural investments by creating healthy collaborations such as this and offering incentives, as we as governments have committed to substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment”, said the Deputy Governor of Oyo State.