Cross Rivers State Government has partnered Dantata Group and Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to create 20,000 agro based jobs for the teaming youths for posterity and reduce social tension in the state.
Governor Ben Ayade disclosed on Tuesday while hosting officials from the Dantata Group and CBN at the Government House.
“The meeting between CBN and Dantata group and indeed Cross River State is to cement a factor and create opportunity first for livestock, cattle and poultry farming. I have made an offer of job opportunities to 20000 young people with immediate effect but you are actually going to be your own employer.
“We will provide the money, we have signed an agreement with CBN that they will provide us money to support 20000 young farmers”, the governor said.
The young farmers of the state, will be deployed to cotton production, livestock, maize and soya beans, rice farming, cocoa processing, groundunt cultivation among others.
To Ayade, the state is in partnership with Dantata group to set up an abattoir in Obudu Cattle Ranch “aimed at growing cattle, production of beef and exporting it to other West African countries to generate incoime of the state as well as create job slots of citizens of the state.”
Governor Ayade reaffirmed that his administration was taking the lead in Agro- Industrialisation because ” this is the only way we can create jobs and reduce youth restiveness and allow young people to realize their full potentials.”
He argued that with massive arable land in Nigeria, it was an anomaly for the country to continue importing staples adding that “the advent of COVID-19 and the #EndSARS protests are like a clarion call that time has come for us to end food imports and, so I identify fully with President Buhari’s philosophy and policy of ban on imported foods to force us to start creating jobs for young people”
In his remark, Alhaji Tajuddeen Dantata, the leader of the Dantata team, who is also the Chairman and CEO Dantata Food and Allied Products Company said his company was delighted to partner with Cross River in Agro production.
He maintained that the time has come for Nigeria to take its destiny in it’s own hand in terms of food production.
“We have to really work on ourselves because we have to produce what we eat and we have to eat what we produce. We can’t sit down and continue to be fed with whatever comes”, he stated.