FADAMA has stated its resolve to select over 800 unemployed youths, 15 from each of the 57 council areas of Lagos State for training in farming and for future training abroad. Beneficiaries would be empowered upon their return to Nigeria to set up businesses of their own.
Project Coordinator for FADAMA, Mr. Ajijola Folusho, made this known during the screening at the Lagos State FADAMA Coordination Office, Oko Oba, Agege.
Folusho, who said the programme was being undertaken in collaboration with the National Image Company, organisers of the ongoing agro-business youth training and empowerment programme through which over 5,700 youths have been trained in the state, disclosed that the selected participants would be sponsored under the World Bank assisted projects.
This was just as he urged unemployed youths to take advantage of the programme by embracing farming.
Speaking on the development, Chief Executive Officer of National Image and coordinator of the programme, Mr. Seyi Bamigbade, urged unemployed youths to be courageous enough to enrol for the programme.
He lamented the rate of unemployment and poverty in the land, describing it as worrisome, adding that his organisation had found it expedient to make its contribution to youth employment by training and empowerment and assisting youths to be self-sufficient.
He, however, said participants, who must be aged between 18 and 35 years,were trained in batches.