Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) had collaborated with International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) under the Youth Employment in Agribusiness and Sustainable Agriculture (YEASA) to train 80 youths selected from Oyo and Ekiti States on Fish Value Chain and Product’s market linkage through Information Communication technology (ICT) and these 80 youths were also awarded start-up grants of One Hundred and Eighty Thousand Naira (N180,000) each.
The Project Manager, Professor Amos Onasanya , said the purpose of the training is to equip youths with the necessary agribusiness skills that would boost their productivity.
According the University Don, this IFAD project is a 3-year project where one thousand (1000) unemployed youths in both Nigeria and Benin Republic will be trained on how to improve livelihood through agribusiness.
Also, the Founder of ABUAD, Chief Afe Babalola , SAN advised the beneficiaries to utilize the skills they have acquired and the start-ups grants efficiently and effectively . He added that the beneficiaries will be monitored to measure their level of development in this project.
According to him, “if Nigeria is to survive its current economic challenges, government at all levels must make agriculture more attractive to the people, especially youths”.
“When I was born, there was no poverty because virtually everybody embraced agriculture but the reverse is the case now. We must get it right that agriculture remains the back born of our economy. We must come together to restore our dignity in agriculture; that is when the majority of youths can be fully employed and all these criminal activities will reduce.” He added