WAAPP-Nigeria trains youth, women in techno-entrepreneurship

Ene Okwanihe, Abuja

The National Project Coordinator of the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme WAAPP-Nigeria Dr.James Ocheme Apochi has formally declared open one week training on techno-entrepreneurship for youths and women, in Yola, Adamawa state, North-East Nigeria.

The training is made possible as a result of collaboration between WAAPP-Nigeria and Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi, (FIIRO) Lagos.

Dr. Apochi said the training is expected to acquaint participants on how to produce and process agricultural products dominant in the geo-political zone.

He said at the end of the training participants should be able to check quality of the raw materials and products produced, market the produce and manage the business profitability.

The Director General of FIIRO, DR.Gloria Elemo, who was present at the launching of the training said that the overall objective of the programme is to address the critical issue of youths and women unemployment by exposing them to the various technology based entrepreneurial opportunities so they can be their own bosses through enterprise creation and development.

The Adamawa state commissioner of Agriculture who was represented by the State’s Director of agric services, Innocent Musa Adamu, expressed the readiness of the state government to partner with WAAPP-Nigeria in building capacity and training entrepreneurs in Agro allied products and also commended WAAPP Nigeria for standing out and making the difference in the country.

Meanwhile the National Project Coordinator of WAAPP, Dr. James Ocheme Apochi, who made a visit to the fish sellers’ market in Yola town, Adamawa state, expressed his disappointment over the deplorable condition of the fish sellers in the Market.

He interacted with the members of the fish sellers association in a view to determine their immediate challenges as fish is not just a major source of nutrient in the country but also a source of income.

He said with aqua-culture as the core mandate of WAAPP-Nigeria, it falls on the organisation to ensure that all available improved technologies are made available to fish farmers through proper dissemination and adoption of same.

The Project Coordinator added that his visit to the Yola fish market and other similar markets in Jimeta has necessitated him to support the fish entrepreneurs with retail tables which will be made available to the fish sellers within the week.