….. Flags off 2020 Sustainable Agric Scheme in Oyo State
In line with the renewed efforts of the Federal Government to revamp the country’s agricultural sector, the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Oyo State has kicked off the year 2020 Sustainable Agricultural Development Training Scheme (SADTS)
Speaking at the flagging-off ceremony of the training scheme, in Kosobo, Oyo East Local Government, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Aiyelagbe, head of Small Scale Enterprise Department who represented the State Coordinator, NDE, Oyo State, Mrs. Olayinka Olayemi, said the initiative was aimed at encouraging unemployed Nigerians to take up agriculture as a means of livelihood, thereby creating more jobs, ensuring food security and creating wealth in the country.
The State Coordinator noted that under the able leadership of the NDE Director-General, Dr. Nasiru Ladan Argungu, SADTS scheme formerly known as RADTS has been successfully implemented in Oyo State due to the collaborative supports of the various stakeholders such as Federal, State and Local Government as well as philanthropists, seasoned experts, NGOs, Banks amongst others.
Similarly, the Director, Rural Employment Promotion, NDE Headquarters, Dr. Mbata O. Micheal, who was represented by Mrs. Beatrice Oruoyehu, said SADTS was designed to ensure that agricultural production and distribution systems provide more revenue from farm produce, better environment and improved quality of life for farmers.
The Director urged the beneficiaries to fully engage their resource persons especially in the area of exchanging ideas so as to get well equipped with unquantifiable knowledge which he said was vital in the value chain as well as addressing the impact of Covid-19 and rising unemployment rate in the country headlong.
Also in his goodwill message, the Chairman of Oyo East Local Government Area, Hon. Saheed Adeyemi Arowosaye, who was represented by his Secretary, Alhaji Mumini Owolabi, thanked the NDE for bringing the scheme to the Local Government and promised to give the beneficiaries the much needed support.
The Head of Rural Employment Promotion Department, Oyo NDE, Mr. Kabir Adedoja, noted that the Department had kick-started the training at the Agricultural Skills Acquisition Training Centre (ASTC), Onsa, Oyo and that 100 trainees drawn from the three (3) Senatorial Districts of the State are participating in the programme. He added that little stipends would be paid to the beneficiaries at the end of the training and at the completion of the training, successful participants would be awarded certificates.
He advised the participants to seize the golden opportunity to acquire necessary agricultural skills which will be provided free by the Federal Government through the NDE.
The Training according to him, will consist 3 months Agric Business Tutorial/Practical Demonstration at the Directorate’s Agricultural Skills Training Centre, Onsa village in vegetable and livestock production.
NDE, Oyo State