“The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) said it would support beneficiaries of the Fadama III Additional Financing Graduates Unemployed Youths and Women Agro-Preneur Support (GUYS) programme to acquire lands.”- PM News
The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, said this on Tuesday in Zuba, near Abuja at the official inauguration of Fadama III Additional Financing GUYS.
Bello, represented by Hajia Amina Abubakar, the Director of Human Resources Development, FCTA, commended the National Office of Fadama III Additional Financing for the initiative to support unemployed graduates in the country.
“Let me make a request that the FCT be provided a special consideration in order to meet up the expected target of 300 trainees as obtained in other states.
“I have been briefed that land was an issue that made many of the prospective candidates to lose out.
“In this connection, the FCTA will ensure that all qualified youths are adequately supported to access land for the production activities that will be needed,” he said.
The minister said the initiative would contribute significantly to the attainment of food security, job creation and income generation among youths and women.
He called on the beneficiaries to be fully rededicated to the programme, so that they would be equipped to succeed in their chosen agricultural enterprise at the end of the training.
Dr Musa Aliyu, the Acting Secretary, Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, FCTA, commended the FCT Office of the Fadama III Additional Financing for the achievement recorded since its inception.
He said more than 330 business plans from Fadama Groups across the FCT had been approved and implementation commenced in earnest.
“All these achievements would not have been possible without the unflinching support of the FCTA.
“Of particular note was the approval by the minister for the release of outstanding counterpart funds, which made the FCT Fadama III Additional Financing project disbursement effective,” he said.
Alhaji Abdullahi Salisu, the Coordinator, FCT Fadama III Additional Financing said the beneficiaries were selected following their passion for agriculture and willingness to become agro-preneurs.
He said the training would be conducted by the Department of Agriculture, FCT College of Education Zuba, in collaboration with the FCT Fadama Coordination Office.
Salisu said the beneficiaries would be trained in crop, livestock, Fish, poultry, and grass-cutter production, agro-inputs machinery as well as advisory services and extension.
He said 122 unemployed youths and women would benefit from the two weeks intensive training programme.
Source: PM News