Oyo State Commences Start Them Early Programme (STEP)
Earlier today, the Oyo state government approved the sum of 1.2 million US Dollars for the commencement of the Start Them Early Programme (STEP), an agribusiness initiative, in six selected secondary schools across the six geopolitical zones in oyo state.
The programme which is targeted at gainfully impacting youths in agribusiness with potentials of expanding the economy of the state, will also encourage youths’ interest in agribusiness which is a catalyst for expanding the economy of the state.
The Oyo State Commissioner for Finance,Mr. Akinola Ojo, made this disclosure shortly after the 22nd executive council meeting presided over by Governor Seyi Makinde, held at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan.
He noted that STEP is an intervention programme that uses a unique approach which would encourage and prepare secondary schools’ students to explore potentials in agribusiness and groom their various skills.
He added that six (6) identified schools would be upgraded by the state government to kickstart the STEP Agribusiness Initiative, stating that the state government is working closely with IITA to engage more students in Oyo State in Agribusiness.