Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun state has solicited support of the United States of America in the area of vocational education and mining.
Gov. Oyetola made the remarks during a courtesy visit by the US Consul General, Claire Pierangelo and her team to his office on Monday in Osogbo.
The governor said the state needs the US support in the area of technical and vocational education to enable the youths to be self -employed.
He said that the state places more emphasis on vocational and technical education as conventional education did not give room for skills acquisition.
“The conventional education does not give room for skills acquisition and the job is no longer there. But, if youths can learn skills, then they will be self employed and that is why we need your support,” the governor said.
Gov. Oyetola also said that the state needs the support of the US in the area of mining, adding that the state is blessed with abundant mineral resources which have remained untapped.
Also, the governor said the state needs collaboration with investors that would help government harness her resources for the development of the state.
Gov. Oyetola also said that the state had set aside land bank for agriculture, where interested investors could invest to boost food production.
He said the collaboration of the US in the area of health, tourism and youth development was also needed by the state government.
Earlier in her remark, the US Consulate General, Pierangelo, said her team was in state to find out what the priority of government is and where US can give its support.
She commended the state government on its health insurance scheme, adding that the US is willing to cooperate with the state government in areas where it deems necessary