FCT Agric Secretariat promises to create 10,000 jobs for youths in 2018

The FCT Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat on Thursday promised the creation of 10,000 jobs for youths in selected agricultural value chains in 2018 in the territory.

Mr Nzekwe Ifeanyichukwu, Secretary of FCT Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, said the Secretariat was working closely with Area Councils to ensure it reaches out to Nigerian youths in the territory.

Ifeanyichukwu who spoke at the secretariat’s end-of-year media briefing also said it had also ensured the revival of some of the agric programmes which would ensure the youths interact with farmers.

“This is to help them key into the various Federal Government programmes, to ensure their successful implementation in the FCT.

“One of such programmes is the Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme.

“We have indicated our interest to be part of the scheme which will take effect in 2018.

“It is coordinated by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and it aims at creating 10,000 jobs for youths in the Area Councils.’’

Ifeanyichukwu also assured that the secretariat would actualise the programme within the shortest possible time, saying working with relevant stakeholders would aid the scheme’s actualisation.

“Our mandate in the Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat is tied to the Agricultural Promotion Policy (APP) of the Federal Government.

“This is predicated on working with key stakeholders to build an agri-business economy capable of delivering sustained prosperity by meeting domestic food security, generating exports and supporting sustainable income and job growth,’’ he said.

The secretary said the Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat had also made concerted efforts to raise the standard of services, as well as facilities, in the various abattoirs in the territory.

He added that the secretariat had also started the rehabilitation of dilapidated facilities, in addition to the provision of new ones in the abattoirs.

Ifeanyichukwu, however, thanked the Minister of the FCT, Muhammad Bello, for his role in bringing development to the territory.

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