FCTA vows to boost support for youths in Agriculture

The FCT Administration has reiterated its commitment to boost support for youths involved in modern and sustainable agricultural practices.

The Secretary, Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat (ARDS), Mallam Abubakar Ibrahim made this assertion yesterday during the 13th graduation ceremony of Leventis Foundation (Nig.)/FCT Agriculture School in Yaba, Abaji Area Council.

Ibrahim, who represented the FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, said youth as stakeholders in the Abuja dream of building an inclusive city, the administration would continue to make concerted efforts to redirect the energies of the teeming population into the Agricultural sector, which will bring about job creation, empowerment and social equity.

Noting that provision would be made for the 2021 trainees to get their starter packs soon, the ARDS Boss explained that FCT will keep to its obligation of paying the counterpart funding which is critical to sustaining the activities of the institute.

He further stated that despite the negative impacts of COVID-19, agricultural activities would be given the desired attention by the administration.

“There is no denying the fact that the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic brought about some setbacks but we will continue,” he said.

Also speaking, the Executive Director, Leventis Foundation, Dr Hope Usieta, commended the FCT Administration for sustaining its support to the centre despite the challenges occasioned by the outbreak of the Covid 19 pandemic.

He reiterated the readiness of the Foundation to keep delivering programmes that will bequeath trainees with knowledge of the latest Agricultural practices.

Earlier in her remarks, Principal, Leventis Foundation (Nig.)/ FCT Agriculture School, Mrs Agnes Yusuf disclosed that a total of 62 youth graduated from the 2021 set, of its regular one-year free training programme.

She explained that out of the number, 19 are females with 43 males from the school, which sums up to 792 young men and women that the school has trained in the regular one-year free training programme since its inception in 2008.

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