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BORBDA boss tasks youths on enterprise training

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The Managing Director of Benin-Owena River Basin Development Authority, (BORBDA), Saliu Osifuemhe Ahmed, has charged participating youths at a two-day human capacity building /entrepreneurial training in agriculture to see the exercise as an opportunity to enhance their status beyond where they currently are to becoming entrepreneura.

According to Ahmed, the participating 50 youths from Owan Federal Constituency would be closely monitored to identify core competencies, which would form the basis to develop further training to start them up on specific areas of interest. 

The training held in Uzebba and was organised by BORBDA in conjunction with the member representing Owan Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere for youths drawn from Owan East and Owan West local government areas of the state.

According to Engr. Ahmed, it was part of efforts to achieve Federal Government’s intention to create 100million jobs over the next 10 years, implying an ambitious 10million jobs per year.

“We are one year down already on that ambitious goal and time is ticking.  As an agency of government, we have also been charged to contribute our quota towards the realisation of this goal through our activities in support of agriculture and food production.  Herein lies our collaboration with the Honourable member representing Owan Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, our revered and highly respected Prof. Julius Ihonvbere.

“There is clearly a meeting of minds as BORBDA has over the last three years been involved with training and provision of starter packs for youths in beekeeping and honey production for youths drawn from across our catchment States.”

We have also been in regular liaison with the Nigerian Incentive-Based Risk Sharing system for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), which is affiliated with the Central Bank of Nigeria, for the purpose of sourcing and securing support for our youths who are interested in agriculture as an enterprise and committed trainees from this programme will not be left out,” Ahmed said.

Also speaking, the Minister of Agriculture, Engr. Suleman Hussein Adamu charged the participants to use the exercise as a springboard to launching themselves to financial independence.

Facilitator of the training programme Prof. Julius Ihonvbere represented by his Senior Constituency Liaison Officer, Mr. Edorhe Aisabiria said the programme was borne out of his desire to improve on the livelihood of his constituents, having regard to the need to improve the productivity in agriculture by exposing them to new techniques for increased yield.

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