EdoJobs, ITF to commence free training on welding, furniture making, others

BENIN CITY – The Edo State Skills Development Agency (EdoJobs) in partnership with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has concluded plans to commence free capacity building programmes in welding and fabrication, furniture-making, auto-gele and beauty care, interlocking blocks production, among others across various locations in Edo State.
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Job Creation and Skills Development, Mrs. Ukinebo Dare, said that the training would hold in Benin City, Auchi, Ekpoma and Agbede, noting that the skills development programmes promoted by the state government are aimed at building a skilled workforce in the state.
According to her, “We have entered into a partnership with ITF to train Edo residents in various technical skills that are in high demand. The people are going to be picked from the various localities where the trainings are being held.
“The training is also geared at building the right mix of experts that would work in the Production Center in Benin and the ones to be established in Edo North and Edo Central. The training entails welding and fabrication for six months; furniture-making for six months; auto-gele and beauty care for a month, interlocking tiles production for six months and Catering and Event Management for three months.”
She said the programmes are open to residents in the areas, urging the people in the localities to take advantage of the training programmes to learn life-long skills that would enable them to earn decent wages.
“The Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration in the state is keen on ensuring that residents in the state are properly trained to transform the state into an economic hub that would export skills and products to boost our Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The structures to do this is being built. All that is needed is to close the skills gap, which we are doing with these training programmes with development agencies,” she added.

Obaseki’s agric reforms: Edo set to clear 1,000 hectares for women cassava growers

The Edo State Government has set aside 1000 hectares for cassava cultivation in the state, as part of its agriprenuer programme targeted at galvanising women farmers towards realising its food security target.
In a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Godwin Okonofua, the state government said the 1000 hectares of land are dedicated for cassava production under the women empowerment initiative.
He noted that the state sourced funds from the Central Bank of Nigeria under the auspices of the Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme towards implementing the project.
“The government has undertaken to clear 1,000 hectares at Oria, Esan South East Local Government Area for its women empowerment initiative,” he said.
The state government is pursuing a holistic agricultural programme that prioritises key crops, notably rice, maize, cassava and oil palm, with heavy public and private sectors’ involvement.
While the state government is working with the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk-Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) for the projects on rice and maize, using mechanised farming, private companies are expanding their investments in oil palm plantations, with new entrants bolstering the agricultural scene in the state.
In a recent chat with journalists, Special Adviser to Governor Obaseki on Agriculture, Food Security and Forestry, Prince Joe Okojie, said the state government accessed N5bn from the CBN for its agricultural programme. Of the money, he said N2.2bn would be used for crop production, N2.3bn for land development and N100m for irrigation.
He explained that N1.2bn would be used to cultivate rice in Iguoriakhi, Iguomon, Illushi, Warrake and Agenebode while Maize would be cultivated at Usugbenu, Sobe and Ekpoma.

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