Ondo State will continue to adopt the strategy of investing more in entrepreneurship, as a way of reducing the poverty level in the state.
Furthermore, it will make more funds available as provision of grants for startups and those badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
These efforts are enshrined in its development operating guideline, REDEEMED.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu who made these strategies known at the state’s Inaugural Unemployment Summit, explained that the letter ‘D’ in his second term development agenda , REDEEMED, represents digital economy and entrepreneurship .
He noted that the digital revolution and entrepreneurship is not just an agenda but his passion to see that the unemployment rate in the state is reduced.
“Unarguably, we have come to the point of deliberating extensively as a State to take actions to tackle this problem of unemployment once and for all. We have always been concerned that the only enduring solutions to the unemployment issues are for our youths to embrace entrepreneurial development “.
According to the governor, “This type of Summit is not the first in Nigeria, but it is significant because of the peculiarity of the seasons we are in as a country and because we have decided to refer to it as ‘Unemployment Summit’ and not employment summit, as we would rather address the problem first before the solution “.