The Katsina State deputy governor, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu, has stated that no fewer than 20,500 young graduate and non-gradate farmers in the state are to benefit within the next three years from the Youth Employment in Agriculture Programme (YEAP) initiated by the federal government.
Yakubu, who is also the state commissioner for agriculture, stated this while inaugurating the State Steering Committee (SSC) and the State Technical Hub (STH) of the programme
Addressing members of both committees separately, the deputy governor who doubles as the chairman of the STC, urged all those involved in YEAP to re-dedicate themselves to success of the programme designed to transform graduates and non-graduates in 12 pilot states into young agribusiness entrepreneurs, otherwise known as “Nagropreneurs.”
“For the successful implementation of this programme, the STC will have permanent secretaries level of representation from relevant ministries and other stakeholders representatives while Federal Ministry of Agriculture’s director in Katsina State will serve as the secretary,” Yakubu emphasised.
The deputy governor also stressed that the state government attached great importance to the issue of youth employment and therefore expected much from members of the committee, adding that Katsina cherished the Federal Government’s foresight in bringing about YEAP and the resolve of Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations to key into it.