From Victor Duruamaku, Owerri
The Director of the Rural Employment Promotion (REP) of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) Abuja Dr. Michael Mbata has said that the directorate is determined to create employment opportunities for
the Nation’s teeming unemployed youths.
Dr. Mbata spoke through an officer of the Rural Employment Promotion (REP) department of the NDE-Mrs Blessing Owan at the commencement of Sustainable Agricultural Development Training Scheme (SADTS) held at the NDE secretariat complex in Owerri.
He explained that sustainable agriculture refers to agriculture production and distribution system which assists to provide more profitable farm income, promotes environmental stewardship and thus, enhances quality of life for families and communities.
According to him, in line with the Federal government policy on Agriculture for employment, wealth creation and food sufficiency, the Director General of the NDE, Dr. Ladan Nasir Mohammed Argungu had approved the implementation of the Sustainable Agricultural Development Training Scheme (SADTS) in Imo State.This, he said was in continuation with the execution of its statutory function of employment generation in the country.
Speaking at the flag-off of the training scheme (SADTS), the State Coordinator, NDE, Imo State, Mrs. Ngozi P. Ihenacho expressed concern at the increasing rate of unemployment in the country stressing that training in Agriculture and skills acquisition remains a formidable instrument that could help to reduce the unemployment rate in the country.
She told the participants that SADTS is all about modern method of Agriculture which is a departure from the subsistence farming, even as she encouraged the participants to take the training seriously, highlighting that one of the major reasons for undertaking the training is to produce agric entrepreneurs.
Mrs. Ihenacho added that the trainees would be vigorously trained in various aspects of Modern Agricultural production for a period of three (3) months, with two (2) theoretical training in both livestock and market gardening.
The Head of the Department, Barr. Mrs. Egwim-Chima C.W while introducing the scheme to the participants stated that the scheme is structured to include major areas of modern Agriculture production,
crop farming and livestock production.
She congratulated the fifty (50) recruited participants who were successful, pointing out that about one hundred and ninety four (194) persons were registered and advised them to put in their best.
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