The Federal Ministry of Youth Development has trained 275 Zamfara state youths under the Youth Agro-business Training Scheme for Zamfara West Senatorial District in Gwashi farm centre, Bukkuyum local government area of Zamfara state.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the three month training programme which took place on 17 December, 2012, Minister of Youth Development, Inuwa Abdul-kadir Esq, represented by a Director in the Ministry, Mr. Luka Mangset, declared that the training was strategic to the national goals on wealth creation and the transformation agenda of the present administration
to provide Nigerian youth with gainful employment for the overall sustainability of the nation’s economy.
While praising the contribution of Senator Ahmed Yerima Bakura, representing Zamfara West Senatorial District, to the success of the training programme, the Minister lauded the partnership as one of the credible initiatives between government individuals, groups and the private sectors that could be explored in providing the teeming un-employed and under-employed youths with sustainable life and vocational skills that help to tackle the country’s socio-economic and political challenges.
The Minister equally charged the trainees to be alive to their responsibility by deploying their new skills to improve their wellbeing, their immediate family and the community at large. He therefore, assured them that Ministry officials would ensure their proper monitoring so that government investment in their training and empowerment is not a waste.
He also praised the commitment of the state government to alleviation of poverty through wealth creation venture and expressed the hope that the Federal Government and Zamfara State would consolidate the partnership in the future to reduce the unemployment rate in the country.
Meanwhile, the trainees were trained in poultry, livestock production, goat rearing, food processing, forage production, irrigation technology and fish production. The youths were also given training in entrepreneurial development in “Start Your Business”™ and leadership re-orientation.
The participants expressed their delight at the opportunity given them by the Federal Government through the ministry to learn varying skills, which will help them earn income and support their families.