The National Youth Service Corps has declared its readiness to partner with the National Agricultural Land Development Authority in its effort of achieving food security in Nigeria.
The NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, made the disclosure when the Executive Secretary of NALDA, Prince Paul Ikonne paid him a courtesy visit.
General Ibrahim disclosed that the NYSC introduced Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Programme into its Orientation Course content in 2012 .
” This is a way of empowering the youths with skills and instilling in them entrepreneurial spirit in order to gain financial freedom, thus reducing the rate of unemployment among them.”
“The scheme mobilises over 300,000 Corps Members annually, who, while in the camp are exposed to the different skills offered by the skill programme, which make them self reliant, as well as employers of labour.”
He assured the agricultural body that they
will leverage on Agro – business opportunities with relevant stakeholders so as to boost the revenue profile.
“Beyond the impartation of skills to the Corps Members during Orientation programme, they are equally granted credit facilities to start their own businesses, revealing that many of the ex – Corps Members have become employers of labour, running thriving and verifiable businesses today, contributing immensely to the country’s GDP.”
He further appealled to State Governors to allocate lands to NYSC for agriculture which remains germane to the nation’s economic diversification.
The Executive Secretary, of the National Agricultural Land Development Authority,
Prince Paul Ikonne said the agency is seeking partnership with NYSC, towards the implementation of Federal Government’s agenda to ensure food security and diversify the national economy.
He described the NYSC as a veritable platform to harness the skills of Corps Members for national development.
” We designed a programme, titled; “National Young Famers Scheme”, which would avail Corps Members of the opportunity to be actively engaged in agricultural training in a conducive environment with the necessary incentives.”
The Executive Secretary said the value – chain programme would expose Corps Members to modern agricultural practices from land preparation, planting, harvesting, marketing to Agro-Enginering.
“For Nigeria to achieve food sufficiency, NALDA must play its role and NYSC is the only organisation that has the pool of young men to achieve that purpose”.