YG to mentor 350 Graduate into Agric Projects

The Yoruba Global Alliance (YG) is set to commence a mentorship programme aimed at guiding 350 Yoruba Graduates towards Agric Projects that will put them at the centre of personal and community development.

The programme will link 25 accomplished Yoruba academics and practitioners from various sectors and countries across world to Yoruba Graduates chosen from 10 States across Nigeria to work on over 30, 000 Acres of land.

The initiative was announced at the Airport Hotel Lagos on Thursday 12th of November 2020 during press conference held at the end of a meeting of members of the YG Leaders Council. The press conference was chaired Dr.Fred Agbeyegbe, Esq. who emphasized the importance of the Yoruba origin of Itsekiri people.

Also present at the press conference were the YG President, Dr Amos Akingba, the Council Chairman Chief Tola Adeniyi, the Chancellor of Tradition Chief Solagbade Popola and the YG Secretary General Prof Anthony Kila.

In explaining the YG Agric Graduate Mentorship Programme, the YG Secretary General Prof Anthony Kila, pointed out that the initiative wants “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 Agric 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 Amb. Folake Marcus-Bello (Lagos) Chief Joju Fadairo (Ogun) Chief Adeniyi Oyekunle (Oyo) Mr Akeeb Ajilesoro (Osun) Chief Seun Ojuolape (Ekiti) Dr David Atteh (Kogi)

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, Chief Tola Adeniyi urged all to stop focusing on politics for leadership and to look towards arts, trades, 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 Solagabde Popoola noted that the Agric project will not only create jobs and wealth while engaging Yoruba Graduates, it will also allow the world to discover a variety of Yoruba food and herbs that are useful to all.

Prof Anthony kila further clarified that all Yoruba graduate regardless of their academic background can apply to join the project by visiting the YG website their application will however include a reference form signed by their traditional rulers.

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YG Agric Project Mentors Committee

Richard Olaribigbe Bankole is a retired banker of 23 years. He holds both B.Sc and M.Sc in Agrobusiness from Alabama A&M University in th US. Before retirement at the bank, he served in various capacity ranging from Branch Manager to Regional Operations Manager and finally as Personal Assistant to 4 different Group Managing Directors. He is currently retired but not tired.

Prof. Stella O. Odebode, is a Professor and Gender and Rural development consultant at the University of Ibadan. She is an Agricultural extension expert particularly concerned with gender dynamics in rural areas and socio-cultural aspects of rural development interventions, both via qualitative and quantitative research methodology. She has a substantial research experience in gender issues, African agriculture, women in development, rural poverty, integrating socially marginalized sectors of the rural population into development programs, enhancing rural income generation, and community participation in natural resource management of the rural poor and gender and higher education. She has undertaken over 50 consultancy assignments with the World Bank, Hellen Keller Foundation International, Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Abuja, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Fund For Agricultural Development, UNESCO, and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) U.S.A.

An agricultural economics, Amos Taiwo is a practicing farmer in addition to his teaching profession at the Federal University of technology, Akure Ondo state. A UNU scholar, he had coordinated world Bank project on agricultural productivity increase among rural smallholder farmers.

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Dr Muyiwa Adegbenro, is a Senior Lecturer in the area of Poultry Nutrition and Management. He is involved in Teaching, Research and Community Development. He has over 30 research publications and has completed supervision of 12 postgraduate students and over 30 undergraduate students' final dissertations. His research works have earned him a series of awards and training among which are; (i) 2010 Innovators of Tomorrow Grants (Amount: $4,753), (ii) MASHAV grants to participate in a 1-month International Course on Poultry Production & Management in Israel, (iii) West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP-FUTA), and (iv) a 3-month sponsored International Diploma Animal Feed at AERES Training Centre International, Netherlands. He is a member of the Nigerian Society for Animal Production (NSAP), Animal Science Association of Nigeria (ASAN) and Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) and Representative of Congregation on University Ceremonial committee.

Adedapo Ajibola is a graduate of Accountancy, from The Yaba College of Technology.

Ajibola, currently is the Secretary of Olowa (Ido) Farmers Multipurpose co-operative Society and Co-ordinator projects.

He is into Animal husbandry, particularly Broiler rearing and Processing, with farms at Ilora and Ibadan, in Oyo state.

Olusegun Oshibanjo, a PhD holder in Animal Science with emphasis on Animal Products and Processing nutrition. He is currently a lecturer at the Department of Animal Production, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Jos, Jos Plateau State. He is a seasoned researcher and collaborator with some Institute such as National Veterinary Research Institute. He is into functional foods, making food our drugs not drugs our food.

Rotimi Olarewaju is a financial consultant with vast experience in the banking sector spanning well over 15 years. A consummate professional with experience in agricultural development programs and construction amongst others. Currently, he consults for a number of small and medium scale businesses in various fields. He also a lecturer at CIAPS

Gbenga Adebusuyi was the Deputy Chief of Staff to the immediate past Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. Prior to the stint in Osun, he was the MD/CEO of National eGovernment Strategies. An alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, he is a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Management Consultants and a practical farmer.

Dr Babatunde Albert Osibodu is an Associate researcher and prudent environmentalist at Cranfield University, Cranfield Town Bedfordshire UK.  He has over over 15years post doctoral experience in many sector of the Global environmental practice including Green Wealth, Corporate leadership and sustainability, Waste and Land Management. and Integrated Pollution and Prevention Control.

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