Senator Kola Balogun has pledged to work with agric institutes within the Oyo South senatorial district to maximize their efficiencies and make their impacts felt by the people of the district.
He made this known during his visit to the Institute of Agricultural Research & Training (IAR&T), Moor Plantation, Ibadan, as part of his tour of government agencies and selected private establishments in his senatorial district.
Senator Balogun noted that though he is not a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, he considered it a privilege to have these agric institutes and other vital private concerns within his district, saying that he would do his best in ensuring that they overcome the challenges confronting them so as to achieve their mandate and they in turn collaborate with him to ensure that their impact is positively felt by the people of Oyo South senatorial district and Oyo State at large.
While thanking the Executive Director of IAR&T, Professor Veronica Obatola, scholars and management staff for making the meeting a reality, he said: “My election is an opportunity to serve God and by extension humanity, I won’t relent on this.”
Similarly, while receiving the management of the College of Agriculture, Igboora, led by the Acting Rector, Dr. Niyi Adekunle, who paid him a courtesy visit, Senator Balogun said he would partner with the college in the training of youths and middle level manpower in the quest to make them self reliant and ultimately grow the economy.
According to him, the rate of youth unemployment is mind boggling, hence if the college is made to carry out its mandate effectively and with good learning infrastructure, it would be able to empower youths by providing them with needed skills for self dependence and in the end grow an agric based economy, in line with the vision of the present administration in the state.
He said: “I have no choice but to partner with these patriotic civil servants who want to ensure adequate training of youths and middle level manpower because posterity has started writing the history of what we do now.”