NDE trains 100 youths on agro-business in Kwara State
Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin
The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has embarked on training of 100 youths in Kwara state on sustainable agricultural production and business enhancement scheme.
The scheme is part of efforts by the Federal Government to stem the tide of unemployment rate in the country.
Speaking at a one-day orientation and commencement of skills impartation on the programme in Ilorin, the NDE Director General, Mallam Abubakar Fikpo, who was represented by Mrs. Blessing Onwa, said that the programme would enable the youth to think out of the box and start their own enterprises.
According to him, the beneficiaries would be trained on animal and crop production as well as other agricultural schemes for three months.
He stated that the youth would be posted to farms closer to their areas for practical experience and urged the participants to adhere to all the instructions of the training.
He advised that they exhibit financial discipline with the seed money meant to start up their enterprises when provided to them.
Also speaking, the Kwara state coordinator of the NDE, Mr. Aba Timothy Omachoko told the participants who raised issues of farmers and herders clashes that the federal government was on top of the security situation, and that insecurity would be a thing of the past soon.
He also said that the beneficiaries would be exposed to training on fish farming among others, just as he stressed the importance of attending seminar and workshop.
Also speaking, the HOD Rural Employment and Promotion, Pastor Folorunsho Olasehinde, stressed the importance of farming, saying that the programme would have positive impact on their lives if taken seriously.
Some of the participants, Abdulrazak Salami and Victoria Owolabi, who spoke on behalf of the participants, expressed their gratitude, expressing hope that the programme would make a turn around in their lives.
Meanwhile, the NDE has also trained a total number of 350 young people in vocational skills under its national open apprenticeship scheme (NOAS) in the state.
According to the NDE official from the Vocational Skills Development department, Mr. Charles Aye, the programme which was in two phases, had 20 beneficiaries each from the 16 local government areas of the state participating in the first phase and two participants each from the 16 local government areas of the state in the second phase.