World Desertification Day: Teku Farms Transforms Over 200 Unemployed Youth To Entrepreneurs

By: Mayen Etim

KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria  –  As Nigeria joined the rest of the world to mark this year’s  Desertification Day, Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy, (NDA), Major-General Adeniyi Oyebade, has tasked Nigerians to inculcate the attitude of planting trees.

He said the importance of making our environment green cannot be overemphasized.

He stated this at the graduation of over 200 youth from six weeks training on horticulture, landscaping and fish farming business organized by Teku Int’l Farms and Agro Allied Services Ltd in Kaduna at the weekend.

General Oyebade, who was represented by Major Ambrose Ikori, called on Nigerians who have not joined the trend to do so and become lovers of green environment.

According to him, “Trees support life and when you destroy a tree you destroy life.”

He added that NDA has also done something in regard to tree planting as a way to show the importance of what Teku Farms is doing.

“A month ago, NDA procured 10,000 trees in a project code named ‘Green Project 2019’ for trees to be planted in the two campuses of NDA in Afaka and Ribadu respectively,” he said.

He explained that the importance of the World Desertification Day on June 17, is to appreciate organizations like Teku Farms that have supported planting of trees and making the society green.

He urged Nigerians not to destroy trees rather they should plant them.

Also speaking, Mr Ben Maritz from Gusau Institute, Kaduna who represented General Aliyu Mohammed Gusau (Rtd) commended Teku Farms for the initiative of training unemployed youth in the state to boost the economy.

Maritz said that with the climate God has given Nigeria, no Nigerians needed to be poor or go hungry, adding that Teku Farms is teaching people how to effectively utilize that which God has given Nigeria as a nation.

He also said that Nigerians needed to be educated the more on uses of trees especially those medicinal ones which the people have not utilized maximally.

In the same vein, Head of Department, Horticulture and Landscape Technology, Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Dr Akintunde Sodimu, disclosed that all the graduating students were well trained and are going to be useful to themselves, saying already Teku Farms has given each of them seed mills as start up for their business which was very important.

He commended Teku Farms for the laudable achievement, adding that training of youth from the grassroots is very important, as this is what is expected of Nigerians  especially in the area of aforestation, reforestation, desertification, desert encroachment among others.

In his remarks, Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ahmed Tange represented by ASP Auwalu Gambo, DCO Kurmi Mashi Division, thanked Teku Farms for positively engaging youth in the state.

He said the singular effort has helped in taking some of the bad boys off the streets, and assured of the Command’s assistance to the organization when the need arise.

Earlier, Founder of Teku Farms, Alhaji Ibrahim Salisu, said the aim of the training was to contribute his own quota to make the Nigerian youth self reliant.

He said the training had exposed the participants on modern ways of farming.

Highlight of the event include presentation of certificates to participants as well as awards of excellence to 7 eminent Nigerians including General Aliyu Mohammed Gusau, Dr. Yusuf Nadabo, Pastor Yohannah Buru, President Peace Revival and Reconciliation Foundation of Nigeria; Mallam Lawal Maduru, Founder of Nigas Rehabilitation and Skill Acquisition Training Centre.

Others are Dr. Akintunde Sodimu, HOD, Horticulture and Landscape Technology, Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka; Dr. Ramat Muhammad; Mallam Adamu Idris, and Alhaji Sani Malumfashi.

It would be recalled that last month Teku Int’l Farms and Agro Allied Services Ltd commenced a six-week free training for 200 youth in Kaduna on horticulture, landscaping and fish farming business.

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