The Olowo of Owo, Ondo State, Oba Ajibade Ogunoye, was on Saturday presented with the staff and instrument of office as the 32nd monarch of the town, by the Ondo State Government.
Ogunoye became the monarch after winning the election conducted by the kingmakers of the ancient community in July and was installed as the monarch in August 2019.
Speaking at the presentation of the staff of office, by the State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, Oba Ogunoye urged the youths to venture into agriculture as well as Information Communication Technology, saying that the future lies with the two sectors.
He said, “We thank God that unity is being restored in the land and we must consolidate on that. We must, therefore, encourage ourselves, particularly the youths to go back to the farm. Our land is so fertile to grow cocoa, coffee, palm kernel, cassava, yam and others in abundance.
“We must as well key into the agricultural policies of the Federal and the State Governments, as much wealth could be generated from agriculture. I urge our youths to please go back to the farm, as I equally urge those of us who have the resources to invest in agriculture in order to employ our huge youth population that are not gainfully employed.
“Our youths must come to terms with the reality that the era of white-collar jobs is gone. I will, in that regard, continue to encourage our youths in the area of agriculture, and interested investors alike.
“I must point out that most of our youths lack the basic skills required to handle technical jobs, which have been taken over by foreign migrants (Togolese, Beninese, etc.) This is not as a result of a lack of technical training school, but lack of interest in such endeavours. It is necessary, as I will continue to appeal to our youths to acquire basic skills, to be able to handle highly essential technical jobs.
“Also we will encourage our youths to explore legitimate opportunities in ICT, which is a fast-developing and beneficial sector now available for wealth creation. We will work towards the possibility of having an ICT hub in Owo.”
The event coincided with the 1000th-year celebration of Owo existence. The monarch who urged all sons and daughters of the community to invest in the development of the town restated his commitment to continue to preserve and promote the community’s cherished heritage.