By Salisu Sani-Idris
In a statement on Friday, Malam Zakari Aliyu, deputy director of information, Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat of the FCTA, quoted the acting secretary of the secretariat, Alhaji Ishaq Sadeeq, as saying this during the inspection of the FCT / Leventis agricultural training center, Yaba, at the Abaji Regional Council.
Sadeeq said the move was part of FCTA’s efforts to address the challenges of unemployment, youth unrest and criminal activity in the territory.
The acting secretary said the quest to end hunger and ensure food security in the country could be achieved with the proper engagement of young people in agriculture.
He said the creation of the center, in collaboration with the Leventis Foundation, was part of the administration’s strategy to attract young people to agriculture.
Sadeeq added that the establishment of the center was aimed at equipping young people with the skills necessary for food production and making a living in a sustainable way.
He reaffirmed the determination of the Agriculture Secretariat to strengthen its mentoring program, to ensure that interns at the center are properly guided to keep abreast of modern trends in agricultural practice.
This would not only help improve their living conditions, but also allow them to become employers of labor while contributing their quota to improving food security, he said.
Sadeeq assured the leadership of the center that CTF Minister of State Dr Ramatu Aliyu, passionate about agricultural empowerment, would do his utmost to address the challenges facing the center.
This, according to him, will ensure the achievement of the objectives for which it was established.
”The FCT Administration, as you know, is doing everything possible to create employment opportunities for our teeming youth population.
“We want to ensure that even after imparting knowledge to them, the follow-up support available to them is effective, which will ensure their ability to operate in their various areas of practice after graduation.”
Earlier, the director of the center, Ms. Agnes Yusuf, said that the foundation will continue to work to promote the sustainability of agriculture and food production through training.
“Your presence here today has once again demonstrated the commitment of the CTF administration to providing quality agricultural business training for the people of the CTF,” she added.
Yusuf, however, called on the CTF administration not to relax its efforts to cushion the effects of the institution’s challenges.
Also speaking, the director of agricultural services at the secretariat, Ms. Francisca Ihekandu informed the acting secretary that the center was established in 2007.
Since then, she added, the center has trained more than 700 young people in animal feed production, crop production, agroforestry, animal husbandry, poultry, fish farming, rural business development and agricultural engineering.
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