MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – The National Young Farmers Scheme, (NYFS), on Monday, March 22, 2021 has graduated 269 soil doctors and extension workers in Borno State.
The graduates selected from 27 Local Government Areas of the state were trained on soil analysis and extension services under the scheme championed by the National Land Development Agency, (NALDA) in collaboration with Borno state Ministry of Animal Resources and Fisheries Development.
One thousand young graduates are expected to benefit from the training, which will be conducted in batches of 200.
Senate President, Ahmed Lawan who represented President Muhammadu Buhari, commended the state Governor, Babagana Zulum for his excellent working relationship with Federal Government agencies.
The Senate President applauded Zulum’s efforts at transforming the state; noting that though faced with challenges, is standing tall among his peers in providing governance to the common man.
On his part, Governor Zulum emphasized the need for more extension workers to revitalize the agricultural sector in Nigeria.
Zulum commended his predecessor, Senator Kashim Shettima for the huge agricultural equipments he procured during his tenure as the state governor.
He equally acknowledged the tremendous efforts put in place by the Executive Secretary of NALDA for the scheme to take off.
Also, the state Commissioner for Animal Resources and Fisheries Development, Juliana Bitrus, disclosed that the Governor has approved the release of all counterpart funds as well as stipends to the 269 first batch graduates beneficiaries.
She added that the Governor also approved the allocation of over 15 hectares of land for the Young Farmers Scheme in 40 different locations.
The Commissioner also said another 2000 unemployed youth would be trained on fish farming under the Scheme, while 40 other fish processors would also benefit from the same scheme.
Meanwhile, the Executive Secretary of NALDA, Mr. Paul Ikonne, in his remarks said Zulum is one of the proactive Governors that provided enabling environment for the Scheme to be implemented in their states.
In his goodwill message, Director General, National Youth Service Corp, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, expressed appreciation for Zulum’s support to Corp members servinging in the state.
The DG said, Zulum has in the last two years released over N400m for the welfare of corpers in Borno.
Dignitaries at the event includes; Deputy Governor of Borno, Umar Kadafur; Senator Kashim Shettima, Senator Abubakar Kyari, representative of Governor of Bauchi, Chief Whip of the National Assembly, Barr. MT Monguno.
Others are; Director General of NYSC, state party Chairman, Ali Bukar Dalori; Secretary to the state government, Usman Jidda Shuwa; Head of Service, Barr. Simon Malgwi; and the Chief Staff, Prof. Isa Marte Husainni.