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FG’s Agricultural Skills Centres Coming Soon Nationwide – Ogbeh

Nigeria's Minister of Agriculture, Ogbeh
Posted: Aug 1, 2016 at 6:19 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuzor Emejor

Abuja – The Federal Government has announced that it would set up agricultural skills acquisition centres across the country to create opportunities for the Nigerians, particularly the youth.

Disclosing this on Monday in Abuja, Chief Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, during a meeting with the management of the Triton Aqua Africa Limited, led by Ashvin Samtani, its chairman, said that, with an anticipated population of 500 million by 2050, there was need for Nigeria to engage youths in agriculture by establishing skill centres across the country.

“The young people are not happy with us, we need to find jobs for them; the African economy is not doing very well, oil and gas will not employ a million workers at the best of times, and we are heading for 500 million people in 34 years. These young people want to work.

“We have just acquired a piece of land at Gaobe, 100 hectares. We want to set up training centres in all kinds of agricultural fields and we are hoping we shall get the Songhai centre to come in and create training centres where we can engage young men and women in six months’ training for them to own their small operations,” Ogbeh stated.

The minister said he was very pleased with Triton Aqua Nigeria Limited’s investments in the country and asked the company to also assist in training schemes.

The minister said the government of Nigeria would keep working with Triton Aqua Nigeria Limited to ensure its optimal local production of fish.

Earlier in his message, Samtani said Triton Aqua, which also has offices in other countries like India and Ghana, had local production capacity of 70,000 metric tonnes of fish per annum; it has created 3,000 jobs in the Nigeria and, given necessary support by government, it would save Nigeria $125 million per annum in the next two to five years.