The Secretary, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Mrs Olvadi Madayi has called on youths in the FCT to embrace the Fadama III project.
Madayi, who made the call during a tour of the FCT Fadama III sub-projects, said the project was designed to help alleviate poverty and improve the living standards of people.
She noted that a lot of Nigerian youths who were roaming the streets with nothing to do could be gainfully employed in the project and appealed to them not to depend solely on white collar jobs but to embrace the programme.
“In the places we went to, one could see even the disabled working. If the cripple can go into this business, what about the youths who are roaming the streets unemployed? Little beginnings can take you higher so I am calling on them not to always depend on white collar jobs but to have something doing so as to sustain their living,’’ she said.
The secretary who commended Fadama III for the projects which she said had touched the lives of people at the grassroots, promised that the FCT administration would continue to pay its counterpart funding and urged the chairmen of area councils to do the same so that the project would be sustained.
“Fadama has done a very wonderful job. The programme really touches the people at the grass root. If a programme like this does not touch the lives of people at the grass root, I don’t think we are making a head way,” she added.
Madayi also called on the women who were unemployed to avail themselves of the opportunity created by the project to become self reliant, saying, “The project has made women involve. I saw them rallying around and doing all sorts of petty business in an environment that is clean. All of them are involved. Women sitting in their houses should also come around and join Fadama III project so that Nigeria will be taken to the next level,” she said.