23 Nigerian graduates have been selected across the six geo-political zones in Nigeria as beneficiaries of the (ARMTI) training on agribusiness development to empower them as employers of labour and drive youth self-sufficiency. Recall my post on the Call for Agric Graduates (kalusam.wordpress.com/2014/07/09/opportunity-youth-empowerment-for-agric-graduates-in-nigeria/)
The training which is aimed at providing participants with practical exposure to the agribusiness industry, will also equip them with proposal writing mechanism that would assist them in the accessing of loans from the relevant banks.
Addressing the audience at the opening ceremony in Ilorin, the Ag. Executive Director of the ARMTI Dr. (Mrs) Comfort Jolayemi stated that while ARMTI is providing the participants with free accommodation, feeding and allowance, the Bank of Agriculture (BOA) is expected to provide them with loans for agribusiness ventures at the end of the programme.
According to her, only 23 out of the numerous applications met the required criteria for the training. She noted that the programme was not a political-money-sharing scheme. according to her, “majority of Nigerians when they hear empowerment, think only of money distribution. This is not the case here, it is not about giving you millions of naira, rather it is about capacity building.”
The modules of the training which will run for three weeks including filed work might be sent to various faculties of agriculture in all the Federal Government’s owned Universities.
The empowerment programme will focus on agribusiness development and management training to enable participants gain needed skills and knowledge to harness existing agribusiness opportunities.
Upon completion of their training, the
beneficiaries will be accorded the opportunity to present their business proposals to the Bank of Agriculture in order to access credit facilities.