The Yoruba Global Alliance (SG) has disclosed its readiness to commence a mentorship programme aimed at guiding 350 Yoruba graduates towards agriculture projects that will put them at the centre of personal and community development.
According to the YG Secretary-General, Prof. Anthony Kila, the programme will link 25 accomplished Yoruba academics and practitioners from various sectors and countries across the world to Yoruba graduates chosen from 10 states across Nigeria to work on over 30,000 acres of land.
The initiative was announced in Lagos on Thursday during a press conference held at the end of a meeting of members of the YG Leaders’ Council. The press conference was chaired Dr Fred Agbeyegbe, who emphasized the importance of the Yoruba origin of Itsekiri people.
Also present at the meeting were the YG President, Dr. Amos Akingba, the Council Chairman, Tola Adeniyi, the Chancellor of Tradition, Solagbade Popola and Prof. Kila.
While explaining the YG Agric Graduate Mentorship Programme, Kila pointed out that the initiative is “to help place our young graduates at the centre of development and job creation.”
According to Kila, each graduate will be encouraged to develop and manage an agriculture project in his or her local government of residence.
The YG Agric Project will be coordinated in each state by YG chairperson and participants can apply by vising the YG website. Chairpersons at the Lagos meeting include Folake Marcus-Bello (Lagos), Joju Fadairo (Ogun), Adeniyi Oyekunle (Oyo), Akeeb Ajilesoro (Osun), Seun Ojuolape (Ekiti), Dr David Atteh (Kogi), among others.
YG President, Dr Amos Akingba, observed that the YG Agric project is part of the mission of the YG to educate, empower and engage Yoruba communities.
In his intervention, titled “Leadership in Yorubaland”, YG Council Chair, Adeniyi, urged all to stop focusing on politics for leadership and to look towards arts, trade, science and business for leadership as these sectors are where leaders are made through merit and creation of wealth and jobs.
YG Chancellor of Tradition Chief, Popoola, noted that the agric project will not only create jobs and wealth while engaging Yoruba graduates but will also allow the world to discover a variety of Yoruba food and herbs that are useful to all.
Prof. Kila further clarified that all Yoruba graduates, regardless of their academic backgrounds, can apply to join the project by visiting the YG website (www.yorubaglobalalliance.org), their application will, however, include a reference form signed by their traditional rulers.