The Director-General, National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo, has said that youths in Adamawa State would be able to access up to N100,000 from the N4.2 million set aside by NDE to boost agricultural production.
Mr Fikpo, represented by the Adamawa State coordinator, Ibrahim Jimada, disclosed this development at the employment scheme in Yola where he stated that the loan will be disbursed to 42 unemployed youths.
He said the beneficiaries were trained under the Department of Rural Empowerment scheme (REP) on sustainable agricultural development.
His words: “They were trained on Agricultural Enhancement Scheme, Sustainable Agricultural Development Scheme, Community-Based Agricultural Empowerment and Graduation Agricultural Empowerment scheme.”
Meanwhile, Edam Duke, Head of Department, REP, commended NDE for the programme and urged the beneficiaries to be committed as they would appreciate the gesture at the end.
“Those who are serious will soon be self-employed and employers of labour. The Federal Government is committed to creating employment opportunities for youths,” Edam said.
In her remarks, Zainab Audu, Head of Department, REP scheme in Adamawa said that farming was a lucrative business and urged beneficiaries to pay attention to the orientation for successful implementation in the field.
She said, “With these skills you will become millionaires and employers of labour within a short time if you put it into practice.”