Over 400 unemployed graduates have been trained under the Fadama Graduate Unemployed Youth Support Enterprise Development in Agriculture (FADAMA GUYS) in 23 states across the country.
The FADAMA National Coordinator, Dr. Tayo Adewumi who disclosed this at the closing ceremony of the training of 300 FADAMA GUYS in Minna, said the gesture was aimed at reducing the rising unemployment rate and encouraging self-sufficiency through agriculture.
“Unemployment has become a worrisome trend in the nation and this creates a lot of worries for the youths which in turn lead to suicide, depression and increase in crime rate in the nation,” he stated, adding that the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari was determined to curb the trend.
The State FADAMA Coordinator, Engineer Aliyu Usman Kumuyi said that three tertiary institutions in Niger state: the Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida University (IBBUL), Lapai, Federal University of University, Minna and Niger state College of Agriculture, Mokwa were used as a platforms for the training.
The Niger state Commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Kabiru Musa Abbas, said the programme which was in line with the development goal of the government would go a long way in generating employment.