NCAM boss Kasali harps on utilisation of capacity building
The Executive Director of National Centre for Agricultural Mechanisation (NCAM), Ilorin, Dr Yomi Kasali has canvassed proper monitoring of beneficiaries of vocational training programmes by the Federal Government as a precursor to eradication of poverty in Nigeria.
Kasali, while addressing over 50 participants at the training and empowerment of women on integrated Farming System in Kogi and Kwara states, bemoaned alleged high jettisoning of acquired skills by major participants in the government- sponsored capacity development workshops.
According to him, “When the Federal Government and some Nigerians have invested heavily in training people for particular skills and certified fit for such endeavours, they would abandon such and continue to wallop in poverty.
“This attitude must stop. Every imparted skill is designed for specific socio-economic reasons. Many trained individuals after collecting their starter packs, would either sell them off or abandon them. At NCAM, we want to embark on proper follow-up of all our trained individuals to ensure that they put into use whatever we have trained them.”
The training and empowerment of women in Kogi and Kwara states was sponsored by Hon Yusuf Ahmed Tijani, representing Okene/Ogori Mangogo Federal Constituency of Kogi House of Representatives.
A female participant from ‘Ayetoro Gbede’ of Kogi State, Fatima AbdulRaheem, said she had longed for capacity development and would, therefore, ensure that she made a huge success out of the training.
NCAM has designed and fabricated arrays of agricultural equipment that have impacted positively on the sector. These include development and production of processing equipment like mini tractors, cassava planters and multi-purpose crop threshers.