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…Eze Ohiri calls for greater engagement of youths
The National Coordinator,New Patnership for African Development(NEPAD),Mrs Gloria Akobundu,recently in Owerri, Imo State held a four- day Capacity Building Workshop on Mordern farming techniques.
The programme according to the Organizers,is the empowerment of over 800 women and youths in Imo towards being self and further destroy poverty and improve the living standard of the people.
The National Coordinator, Mrs Akobundu, states that the gesture was in line with the Federal Government’s commitment to alleviate poverty and unemployment, especially among people living in the rural areas.
She emphasized that the participants, drawn from the 27 local government areas of Imo, would be exposed to modern agricultural techniques to enhance food sufficiency and turn around economic fortunes of citizens.
Akobundu said that President Mohammadu Buhari’s administration had set machinery in motion to empower vulnerable persons across the nation as a way of fighting insecurity and corruption in the society.
The aim of NEPAD and other international bodies according to the her is to place African countries on the path of sustainable growth and development, eradicate poverty and halt marginalisation of African continent in the global space.
Also, Akobundu states that NEPAD was also set-up to enhance African skills and integration in the global economy as well as accelerate empowerment of women and youths , and with Agriculture contributing 40 percent of her economy and 27 percent of Gross Domestic Product(GDP) makes it very important sector.
“Agriculture is a catalyst for the economic development of any nation and it serves as a veritable means of reducing poverty and increasing food production,” she said.
“The workshop will take place in each of the senatorial districts across the 36 states of the federation. It will increase agricultural productivity of women and youths, reduce unemployment and youth restiveness,” said Akobundu.
Declaring the workshop open,Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo, through his representative, Mr Blessing Nwamerenini, Commissioner for Labour,and Poverty Alleviation commended the NEPAD boss for making it possible that the state benefited from the initiative.
He described the programme as working in consonance with the rescue mission agenda of Imo Government enjoining the participants to be focused.
Continuing,the governor said that a number of women and youths in the state had already benefitted from his administration’s alleviation programme and the “She Needs a Roof Project (SNARP)” of his wife.
Earlier,Mr Emmanuel Abang, the Director of Programme, Development and Implementation Initiative of NEPAD, said part of the mandate of NEPAD was to create wealth, transform women and youths as well as to strengthen the nation’s agricultural revolution.
He said the workshop was organised to train participants in a number of areas such as feed processing and poultry business.
Meanwhile,His Royal Marjesty, Eze Samuel Ohiri, the Chairman Imo State Council of Traditional rulers, had insisted that the proper engangement of youths in productive enterprise like Agriculture would work to reduce insecurity.