Worried by the rate of youths unemployment in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat (ARDS) of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has organised an empowerment workshop on agro entrepreneur for youths living in the territory.
The first batch of the workshop, which was organised in Gwagwalada, at the weekend, attracted about 600 youths, drawn from all the six area councils of the territory.
Flagging-off the empowerment workshop, the secretary, ARDS, Hon. Stanley Ifeanyichukwu Nzekwe, explained that the initiative was aimed at equipping the youths with useful agro-entrepreneurial skills to enable them become self-employed and generate income for themselves and their families.
Nzekwe lamented that many youths over rely on white collar jobs, just as he urged them to embrace the various opportunities abound in the agricultural sector.
According to him, “This workshop will not have come at a better time, especially now that our dear country is grappling with the challenges of youth restiveness and high poverty rates. This is worsened by lack of vocational skills that will provide youth viable options to earn sustainable livelihood.”
He reiterated that the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has approved the participation of the administration in the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme (AADS), to improve the socio-economic conditions of youths.
The secretary reassured FCT farmers of the preparedness of the secretariat to deploy extension workers to rural communities to assist in enhancing good agronomic practices to increase their agricultural yields and meet up with global standards.
Earlier, the district head of Gwako, Alhaji Salihu Usman, who spoke on behalf of traditional rulers in FCT, had expressed concern on the growing number of unemployed youths in the area.
Usman noted that lack of sustainable means of livelihood has pushed many of the youths into crime, just as he assured the FCTA of the full support of traditional institution to the success of the programme.
One of the beneficiaries of the empowerment skill, Mallam Kabiru Abdullahi, told newsmen that the training would provide them the opportunities they need to become self-employed.
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