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NDE trains 80 persons on agricultural skills in Borno

23 September 2013, 16:31

Maiduguri - The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) said on Monday that it had began training of 80 unemployed youths in Borno on various agricultural skills, to tackle unemployment.

The NDE Director in the state, Malam Wakil Kalanga, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri.

Kalanga said that the participants were been trained under the Rural Agricultural Development Training Scheme of the agency.

He said that the beneficiaries included 28 females and 52 males drawn from the 27 local government areas of the state.

He said that during the three-month training, the participants would be exposed to modern agricultural practice in such areas as crop production, processing and preservation as well as livestock production and management.

Other areas included animal husbandry, poultry farming, fishery, legumes and cereal production.

Kalanga said that N2000 would be given to each of the trainees as monthly allowance and N500 000 as resettlement grant to set up their own businesses at the end of the training.

The director added that 30 NYSC members had been trained on business management skills under the NDE's Small Scale Enterprises and Start Your Own Business programmes.

He explained that the training was designed to stimulate business orientation and encourage the acquisition of new innovative skills that would enable youths start up their own businesses after the national service year.

"We call them, interview them, study what they want to do and also encourage and integrate them into our training programmes.

"We also give loans to them ranging from N200,000 to N300,000 depending on the areas of their specialisation," said Kalanga.

He said that the gesture was in line with President Goodluck Jonathan’s transformation agenda, especially in handling the social repercussions of unemployment.



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