THE Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has continued to push to sustain his new vision for agriculture and youth empowerment by sending 260 youths drawn from all the local government areas of the state, to Keffi, Nasarawa State, for training.
The youths, who will undergo a two-week training at CSS Global Farms in Keffi, are following the footsteps of the first batch of 260 youths, who were recently trained at the Farms.
The governor’s Special Adviser on Agriculture, Michael Ogbuekwe, noted that the governor was committed to his vision of producing “the next generation of agriculture business men and women in Enugu.”
He said that participants will acquire the skills and return to Enugu as “influencers, innovators who will change the narrative in the agriculture sector of Enugu.”
Ogbuekwe pointed out that from the success recorded by the first set, “Ugwuanyi, decided to send another 260 youths for training, to learn food production, processing, packaging and marketing of agricultural products.
“They will see how agriculture businesses are set up from the scratch so that when they come back they will utilize and maximize every opportunity in urban and rural areas to earn a living and contribute to the GDP of Enugu.”
He commended the governor’s vision in empowering the youths through the venture in agricultural skills and said that the governor will leave a legacy “in food sufficiency and food production in Enugu.
“The way to achieve this in fullest is by training people to acquire experience in agricultural farming to increase production capacity.”
He urged the beneficiaries to show dedication to the training programme “and acquire the knowledge that would help you enhance your skills in modern agriculture in your interest and overall interest of the state.”
The State Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), who also heads the State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Rev. Emmanuel Ede, praised Ugwuanyi’s vision and good governance initiatives, in empowering the people of Enugu.
Speaking on behalf of other participants, Kingsley Sunday Odo and Joy Nneoma Ojile, expressed their gratitude to the governor for the opportunity to enhance their skills in agriculture, and promised not to misuse the chance.