By Danjuma Joseph Lafia
The Nigeria Farmers’ Group and Corporative Society (NFGCS), have announced plans to establish skills acquisition training centre for youths in Nasarawa State, with 50 youths each to benefit from across the 13 local government areas.
The group also announced that the skills acquisition centre would be named after Gov Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, for his moral support for the group.
National Coordinator of the group, Mr Retson Tedheke, disclosed this during the official commissioning of a dam and electricity project, executed by the Nigeria Farmers’ Group and Cooperative Society (NFGCS), in Ga’ate, Kokona Local Government Area, of the state.
The national coordinator equally disclosed that 10, 000 farmers have also been empowered with resources for farming and off-taking of produce.
He said the farm has embarked upon and completed the electricity project linking the Ga’ate Community to the national grid, stressing that the firm installed 100KVA and 500KVA transformers for Ga’ate Community and the NFGCS integrated farms respectively.
The farm also build a 3 kilometer Dam Project, that would address water challenges faced by cattle herders in the area as well as fish farming and serve about 17 communities in around Ga’ate community.
Tedheke disclosed that presently the farm produces 3 to 5 trailer loads of Ga’ate Gold rice sold across the country.
He however appealed to the state government to assist the farm in the areas of standing as guarantor for funding opportunities, as well as provision of infrastructure such as road and ensuring security at the facility.
Speaking at the occasion, Governor Abdullahi Sule, of Nasarawa State, reiterated the commitment of his administration to continue to encourage and promote Private Public Partnership (PPP) and investments in agriculture, through the provision of enabling environment.
According to the Governor, his administration will continue to evolve policies and entrench collaborative approach to woo development partners to the state, in order to engender an macroeconomic society, through mechanized agriculture and agroallied industries.
Engineer Sule added that government will continue to collaborate with development partners, particularly in the area of capacity building for youths in the state under the Youths Agricultural Empowerment Programme.
He stated further that his administration will continue to train youths in skills acquisition where they will be provided with starter packs to engage in agricultural activities for self reliance.
While commending the private sector-community partnership as demonstrated by the NFGCS, the Governor assured the management of the farm that, with the 330KVA Akurba power substation at 98 percent completion, power supply will no longer be a problem in the area.
Engineer Sule, expressed readiness to collaborate further with the farm, particularly in the area of youth training since the NFGCS made known its intention to establish a skills acquisition training centre for youths in the State.
The Abaga Toni, Sylvester Ayih II, in a vote of thanks thanked the governor for his support for the farm, as he equally thanked the group for bringing development to his territory.