By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
As oil prices dwindle by day, with its attendance negative effects on Nigeria’s economy, the Federal Government through National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has began an intensive training programme for 100 Akwa Ibom youth on various aspects of agriculture.
The training done under the Sustainable Agricultural Development Training Scheme (SADTS) of the NDE will equip the participants with skills and knowledge in modern agricultural practices.
At the flagged-off of training in Uyo on Thursday, the Director-General of NDE, Nadir Ladan Moh’d Argungu said the training programme covers areas such as crop production and processing, livestock farming others.
Argungu, who was represented by the NDE State Coordinator, Mr. Promise. B. Ekah, said the participants will undergo one month theoretical class on modern techniques of agriculture and two months industrial attachment in reputable farms across the state.
He noted that the drop in crude oil prices and its adverse effects on the economy has proven that Nigeria can no longer depend on earnings from oil.
The DG said that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is committed to tackling youth/graduate unemployment, hunger and poverty through huge investments in agriculture.
”In a bid to awaken the interest of the unemployed youths in agriculture to exploit the tremendous opportunities for employment and wealth creation in the sector and consequently stem the rural-urban drift of the youths, the NDE designed a special training programme for youths in agriculture”, he said.
Argungu enjoined beneficiaries to take the training seriously as well as avail themselves of the opportunity to be free from unemployment and lack.
Speaking also, a Director in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Uyiobong Uko maintained that agriculture remained the solution to the Country’s Economic challenges.
He urged participants to take to agriculture as it is profitable, adding that dependence on crude oil revenue was no longer in vogue.
Ifreke Aniefiok Jeremiah, who spoke on behalf of other beneficiaries, thanked the NDE for the programme and promised to ensure that the knowledge and skills garnered from the training would be put to judicious use.