The Acting Honourable Commissioner, Ms. Abisola Olusanya accompanied by the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Olayiwole Onasanya, representative of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and other officials of the Ministries of Agriculture and Education at the opening ceremony of the Year 2020Agric- YES Summer School Programme for Senior Secondary Schools SSII students in the State at the Lagos State Agricultural Development Authority Complex, Oko-Oba, Agege.
Lagos State Government has said that it has established different farming enterprises to train and teach students in modern farming techniques as well as to encourage those who would like to pursue a career in agriculture under the State’s Schools’ Agricultural Programme (SAP).
The State Acting Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya who disclosed this in Lagos at the opening ceremony of the Y2020 Agric-YES Summer School Programme held at the Lagos State Agriculture Development Authority, Oko-Oba, Agege noted that this was necessary in order to ensure that students and youths embrace agriculture to fill the void left by aging farmers.
She disclosed that the goal was to provide food security and an enabling environment for the people to have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and hygienic food stressing that more people needed to be recruited into the agricultural sector especially the young ones.
According to her, this was what informed the introduction of the Agric-YES Summer School Programme, a two-week training which runs on an annual basis during the long vacation for SSII students offering Agricultural Science as well as their Agricultural Science teachers drawn from public Senior Secondary Schools across the six Education Districts in Lagos State.
“The Agric- YES Summer School Programme is essentially a programme to draw in the youths, our secondary school students into exploring the possibilities around being in the agricultural sector. There is no better time, just before their SS3; before they write their exams into the University for them to choose a career pathway.
“We felt that this is the opportune time for them to see the possibilities around what they can do with the agricultural sector and possibly, we will be able to convince them with the kind of teachings they will have- the training, the practical aspect of it, for them to now see the possibilities around being in the agricultural sector. That is the main reason for this programme,” the Acting Commissioner averred.