The Borno State National Employment Directorate (NDE), as part of its promotion of rural employment, provided loans of N100,000 each to 108 youths and women who were trained in the training in sustainable agricultural development and for agricultural science graduates to put what they have learned into practice. .
Speaking at the loan disbursement yesterday in Maiduguri, NDE Managing Director Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo said the trainees were trained in various aspects of modern agricultural production over a period of three months with two weeks of experiential training. both in animal husbandry and agricultural production.
They were trained in poultry production, cattle fattening, sheep and goat farming, horticulture and dry season agriculture, among others.
Fikpo said the program is an agricultural production and distribution system that would help provide more profitable farm incomes, promote environmental stewardship, and improve the quality of life for farmers and their communities.
Represented by NDE State Coordinator Mairo Betara Aliyu, Fikpo explained that the target groups include all unemployed young people, from school graduates to graduates of higher education institutions, who are passionate about agriculture as business.
“NDE management has approved loans of N100,000 each to 108 participants in four different agricultural schemes,” she said.
She gave the breakdown of beneficiaries as 24 from the Sustainable Development Empowerment Programme, 24 for the Graduate Agricultural Empowerment Programme, 39 for the Agricultural Improvement Program and 21 for the Community Agricultural Empowerment Programme.
She told the beneficiaries to make wise use of the loans by embarking on the various agricultural programs to create personal wealth and also become labor employers in their respective communities as well as remit the loans at the agreed time.
In his remarks, Seyinna Buba, Borno State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, thanked NDE for empowering many young people with various skills to become self-reliant and complementing the efforts of the state government. to lessen the threat of unemployed young men and women in the state. .
Buba also pledged to provide the beneficiaries with support from the state government in the form of additional loans of between N250,000 and N400,000 for their commitment and resilience during the 3-month training.
“We are distributing COVID-19 loan forms to participants as an added benefit to give them enough capital to start their business. We also call on other non-governmental organizations training Borno youth to always provide starter kits so that trainees have a good foundation,” she said.
A beneficiary, Esther Waziri, who spoke on behalf of the participants, thanked NDE for the intervention and assured that they would not disappoint the government. She has already said that many participants have started their respective projects.