Music icon and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Innocent Idibia aka 2Baba has expressed his decision to empower no fewer than 36,000 youths across Nigeria with his new initiative, Innobia cooperatives organisation.
The singer made this known following the unveiling of the agro-allied business concern with headquarters in Nigeria and branches in the State of Israel and the United Kingdom.
“We want to create jobs for our youths and empower our women in order to break the chain of poverty and contribute to the economy. Our target is to empower a minimum of 1,000 youths in each of the 36 States and the FCT by the year 2021”, he said.
In a live chat with Nigerian Stock Exchange CEO, Oscar Onyema, at the virtual ringing of the gong to close the market on July 13, 2Baba stated that the initiative was birthed out of the desire to key into the government policy of diversification of the economy through agriculture and its ancillary businesses.
“On behalf of the board and management of Innobia, I seek your support and partnership in our bid to achieve the ultimate objective of addressing the issues of food sufficiency and job creation for our people”.
Already working in partnership with seasoned local and international agribusiness experts and concerns, 2Baba noted that operations in the company commenced months ago.
The ‘African Queen’ singer also hinted that the pilot project to engage, train, and empower 10,000 women and youths in rice and soya beans production is currently ongoing in Benue State.