Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has promised to provide jobs for all the unemployed graduates idling away in the state.
The state, he said, has a lot of young people willing to further their education, but are unfortunate not to have jobs after graduation.
He urged the executive secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Prof Suleiman Bogoro, to invest more in the state and promised to use the investments judiciously.
He said this in Abuja when he visited the executive secretary.
“I want to assure you that whatever you have invested in my state, we will make judicious use of them under my watch,” he said.
He added that the government is training youths from primary to tertiary levels to go into agriculture to ensure that the state remains the food basket of the nation.
Ortom said: “We have a lot of young men willing to further their education. The opportunities are there; people are enthusiastic although there are no jobs. We believe that during my time, I will create jobs because my main objective is to ensure that we generate enough jobs, create wealth and opportunities for our people. All those people idling away after graduation, I believe that they will soon find jobs.
“Agriculture is one of my five pillars – just like education – that we are set to achieve within four years of our tenure. We are looking at training and equipping our young ones and to practically move into agriculture. We want to really represent Nigeria as the food basket of the nation and our dream is not only to be the food basket of the nation but of Africa.”
Responding, Bogoro urged the tertiary institutions in the state to use TETFund grants to boost agricultural development.
“The state universities and College of Agriculture should continue to compete in the aspect of research collaboration in agricultural development in the state and we will be able to legitimately put money there from TETFund,” he said.