NDE trains unemployed youths, women in Agriculture

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The National Directorate of Employment has begun a five-day capacity training in sustainable agriculture for 50 unemployed youths and women in Kogi State.

The training is part of the NDE’s Post Sustainable Agricultural Development scheme.

While declaring the training open on Wednesday in Lokoja, the Director General of NDE, Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo, represented by the Kogi State Coordinator, Abubakar Zakari, stated that the empowerment scheme is aimed at equipping participants with advanced technological know-how on rural employment promotion.

He stated that the Post Sustainable Agricultural Development initiative is a federal government intervention policy dealing with livestock production, food processing and packaging, and digital marketing of agricultural products.

The facilitator of the training programme, Joshua Fagbemi representing the Director of Rural Employment Promotion Department at the NDE headquarters, Abuja, Duke Edem, said that the gesture is an intervention policy to assist unemployed persons with the modern knowledge of agriculture practices.

In his welcome address, the Head of  Rural Employment Promotion Department of Kogi NDE Office, Shaibu Omeiza, urged the participants to take the training very serious.

According to him, “This Programme is geared towards creating wealth and employment for the downtrodden youths and women in Kogi state.”

He also enjoined the beneficiaries to see the opportunity as an advantage to ensure food security for all.

Responding on behalf of other participants, Jacob Abiodun, commended the federal government for its numerous social investment programmes since assumption of office.

He assured that the training will promote attitudinal change in their lives with a view for them to contribute their quota to end the menace of unemployment in Nigeria.