By Richard Akintade, Osogbo
Director General of the National Directorate of Employment, NDE, Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo has assured Nigerians, most especially, all unemployed persons, that the NDE is committed to provision of adequate training opportunities for productive self employment, successful entrepreneurship, and Agro allied business ventures.
The NDE DG gave the assurance, while speaking in Oshogbo the Osun State Capital, through the NDE State Coordinator, Mr. Julius Fakunle at the commencement of a 5 day intensive skills acquisition training on Goat Production for 50 selected participants in the state and 900 of such beneficiaries across the 18 states of the federation.
According to him, “goat Production is an economically viable business venture, because its value chain for commercial production has great employment potentials, as well as, a good source of meat, milk, hide and skin, and fertilizers from dropping.
He emphasised that the engagement of unemployed youths in Goat Production business, along its value chain plays an important role in Socio-economic, and religious life of the farming communities, in terms of income and supply of food for the local population and the country at large.
Mallam Fikpo, said the NDE would continue to stimulate the interest of all unemployed youths particularly, in farming, and replace age long farming methods with modern techniques of agriculture for income earning, improve the livelihood of the Rural populace, create employment, reduce rural urban migration, enhance the protein intake of the people, as well as, provide raw materials for leather manufacturing industries.
The NDE boss also assured that the Directorate would continue to sustain its policy of providing an enabling environment for youth’s involvement in sustainable agricultural programmes, provision of agric inputs and credit facilities with 9% interest rate towards attainment of food security.