By Matthew Denis
The National Centre for Agricultural Mechanization (NCAM) in partnership with Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI) have concluded arrangement to train about 5,000 youths in Kwara.
This was disclosed when the member representing Kwara Central at the Nigerian Youth Parliament Hon. Abdulkareem Abdulkareem in company of his aides paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Directors of ARMTI and NCAM Dr. Olafemi Oladunni and Engr. Yomi Kasali respectively, in Ilorin, recently.
Speaking during the visit, Dr. Oladunmi stressed that the centre is in line with President Buhari’s policies on shifting Nigerians attention to the potential in agriculture.
He stressed that they will continue to partner with various stakeholders most especially the youths through training to create more job opportunities and make foods available in the country.
On his part, Engr. Kasali stressed that they have working improving the rural agricultural system through improved varieties and breeds to benefit the farmers.
The institutes also said they are ready to train youth in various agricultural aspects, maintaining that youths abandoned agriculture because they fail to see that it the country’s new gold.
The parliamentarian sought partnership with the two agrarian institutions to train 5,000 youths in Kwara Central Senatorial district of the state in the best modern agricultural practices in the world in a bid to boost the state food security.
Hon. Abdulkareem further added that his call is in tune with President Buhari economic diversification agenda by encouraging the influx of youths into agriculture to further reduce the country’s import bills on agricultural produce and create job opportunities for the teeming population of Nigerian youths.
Hon. Abdulkareem appealed to the Federal Government and reputable stakeholders to continue to support the institutes for further youth empowerment in the state and country at large.