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Ogun State Government has expressed readiness to extend agricultural opportunities to the Women Entrepreneurs and Professional Development Network (WEPAN), as well as other women groups in the state.

The Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina who disclosed this while playing host to WEPAN and other women groups at the ministry’s conference room at Oke-Mosan, submitted that the ministry would continue to engage all stakeholders in the implementation of its agricultural policies.

“It is our resolve not to sideline anybody whether commodity associations or gender-based in the implementation of our programmes, we will also continue to engage groups in training and investment promotion in order to further network your potential.

“With our partnership with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on most of our programmes, we will bring you all on board. We will also be giving 50 Noilers each to rural women in our next Noiler project. Not only that, but we will also expose you to training in all the value chain opportunities,” Odedina stated.

Speaking earlier, the Global Convener of the Groups and the Iyalode of Yorubaland, Chief (Mrs.) Alaba Lawson expressed the readiness of the women to embrace agriculture as a means of bridging food deficits in the country, saying women have a lot to contribute to the agriculture value chain.

“We are keying into the agricultural opportunities in the state. We have taken the responsibility to develop female entrepreneurs and professionals across the country with our network of members spreading to different states.

Other women groups on the visit include the Federation of Business Women Entrepreneurs in ECOWAS (FEBWE), Abeokuta Chamber of Commerce Women, NACCIMA Women Group (NAWORG), Ibafo Women Forum, among others.

Source: The Guardian

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