Ogun Deputy Minority Leader, Atobatele, Empowers 43 in Agripreneur

43 people, who have shown interest in agriculture have graduated from a 3-month agricultural empowerment programme with three offered employment in Abeokuta South State Constituency.

The Deputy Minority Leader of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Hon. Lukmon Olajide Atobatele, who facilitated the programme, said it was in fulfilment of part of his electioneering promises to the people.

Hon. Atobatele who spoke while hosting the 43 graduates of the agricultural empowerment scheme at the state Legislative Quarters on Saturday, enjoined them to put to good use, every knowledge learnt during the agricultural training and skill acquisition scheme.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) legislator said the agricultural programme was to support his constituents towards creating job opportunities, now that food and medicals are two important needs of the people.

Afolabi Orekoya, who represented the governorship candidate of the PDP in the last election, Chief Ladi Adebutu, said youth engagement and empowerment were some of the cardinal programmes of the party.

He commended the selflessness of Hon. Atobatele, saying the programme was a good effort aimed at boosting food production and food security in the state.

Chief Adebutu promised to support the beneficiaries.

Hon. Lukmon Atobatele later presented a token of N30,000 to each graduate while three of them at the venue were offered employment to work on his farm.

The graduates who were full of appreciation, shared their experiences during their training with the state lawmaker.

They said the scheme equipped them with various soiless farming techniques like hydroponics, aeroponics, and deep water culture.

Stakeholders that graced the event included a former member of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Hon. Fasiu Bakene, Alhaji Ogunsolu and Hon Jamiu Animowo.

They urged the participants to see the empowerment as a lifetime opportunity.