ARDS set to address youth unemployment
In its bid to address the challenge of youth unemployment in the FCT, the Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat has organized an empowerment workshop on agro entrepreneurship for 200 youths drawn from the 6 Area Councils of the FCT
The workshop which took place at the Atlas Hotel in Gwagwalada according to the Secretary Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Hon. Stanley Nzekwe is aimed at addressing socio-economic challenges faced by youths by equipping them with useful agro-entrepreneurial skills that will enable them become self-employed and generate incomes for themselves and their families.
Nzekwe lamented the situation of over-reliance on white collar jobs by youths, urging them to embrace the various opportunities that abound in the Agricultural sector.
In his words "This workshop will not have come at a better time most especially now that our dear country is grappling with the challenges of youth restiveness, and high poverty rate which is worsened by the lack of vocational skills that will provide youth to viable options to earn sustainable livelihood"
He informed the gathering that in furtherance of this initiative to improve the socio-economic conditions of youths, the FCT minister, has approved the participation of the FCT in the Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme, AADS, which is a federal government agricultural promotion programme under the Central Bank of Nigeria, which targeting a minimum of 10,000 young farmers per state across the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.
Nzekwe used the opportunity to reassure farmers of the preparedness of the agric secretariat for the new farming season, assuring them that agric extension workers will be deployed to the rural communities to continue to provide them with services that will enhance good agronomic practice towards not only increasing their yields but meeting up with global acceptable standards.
Earlier in his remarks, Alhaji Salihu Usman, the District Head of Gwako, who spoke on behalf of the traditional institutions in the FCT, commended the FCT administration for the initiative.