The governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has approved agricultural training programme for three months in Germany for forty Osun youths selected across the nine Federal Constituencies in the state.The State Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Honourable Wale Adedoyin and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Quick Impact Intervention Programme, Mr Dele Ogundipe, stated that any 40 candidates, who can speak German language fluently among the 48 candidates in the on-going learning of Germanl Language in the state will be picked for the trip.
Adedoyin , who commended Governor Aregbesola on the initiative, explained that the training of the youths on modern agricultural techniques in Germany will immensely benefit the people of the state in the empowerment of future generations, especially when the training is replicated in the state.
The selected youths, who have also participated previously in the O-REAP Academy, will soon take off for Germany.
Aregbesola Tasks NUJ On Nation Building
The governor of the State of Osun has tasked media organisations in the country to continue to be in the defence of truth, justice and double its effort in the quest to build a strong nation.He also stated that lack of responsibility on the part of people in positions of leadership has for long been the bane of the nation’s development. Represented by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Sunday Akere, the governor spoke at the commissioning of a block of classrooms constructed by the state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) at the NUJ Village at Egbedi in Egbedore Local Government Council Area of the state last Monday.
The commissioned block of classrooms is to serve as a satellite campus for the International Institute of Journalism (IIJ) in Osogbo.
Aregbesola described the project as one that has direct bearing on the progress of journalists and the journalism profession, particularly in the State of Osun.
The governor added that he always identifies with projects that concern progress and development, especially with respect to Osun and its people.
Aregbesola averred that the nation’s media has been in the vanguard of defending the country at every critical stage and sometimes paid the supreme price in the process.
He said: “Journalists are at the forefront of the fight for independence and have battled military and civilian dictatorships ever since. On many occasions, they have paid in blood and tears but have never wavered on their commitment to justice and truth.“This is the same path we are threading in our governance of the state. This project by the NUJ is a demonstration that our effort at providing good leadership in government is having the desired impact in terms of its domino effect in society,” Aregbesola said.He commended journalists for the good work they are doing for the country, saying that ironically, they have done more for the country than have ever been acknowledged.
The governor added that he was a beneficiary of journalists’ pursuit of justice in the cause of fighting to recover the mandate the people of the state gave him.
He subsequently pledged to support media’s cause of pursuit of truth, justice and professional excellence.
In his address, the State Chairman of the NUJ, Alhaji Ismaila Ayodele, acknowledged the support of the state government towards the completion of the projects, saying that both the present and the ousted administrations have supported the union.
The chairman then appealed for more supports from well-meaning people for the furniture and other amenities required to make the school properly functional.
He also appealed to the people to fund erections of library, mini-studio, additional classrooms and offices that could be named after such person in the school.
“The school is an institution that is capable of organising short-term and refresher courses for practising journalists. It will also run courses at National Diploma and Advanced Diploma for interested and qualified young school leavers”. the chairman said.