|By Yusuf Idris, Senior Correspondent, Kaduna
A non-governmental organization, NOMATECH global has trained eighty students on skills acquisition. The number includes nine members of the Nigeria union of journalists, kaduna state council. The NGO aims to train people to acquire skills on modern methods of farming.
Speaking at the event held at the secretariat of the union, the managing director of the organization, Malam Faruk Ahmed described agribusiness as the largest employer of labour especially in the area of poultry production because of its numerous value chain.
He said a total of 80 students underwent training on animal health, animal production and entrepreneurship skills.
Faruk ahmed expressed optimism that entrepreneurship is one area that can eliminate poverty, banditry, kidnappings, cattle rusting and other social vices in the society:
” you will agree with me that Nigeria is facing a barrage of security challenges ranging from kidnappings, cattle rusting, identity fanaticism, religious bigotry and acts of political rascality, encouraged and sponsored by failed politicians who have nothing to offer the society. Government across the thee tiers should embrace skills acquisition development and peace building. This becomes necessary because skill acquisition and empowerment programmes have proven to be the best cost effective tool to end youth radicalization and extremism”
in a speech, the chairman, Nigeria union of journalists Kaduna council, comrade Adamu yusuf urged the federal government to give priority to skills acquisition programmes towards addressing poverty and job creation to youth and women and Nigerians in general.
He applauded the initiative of nomatech for introducing the intervention towards making people to be self-dependent urging all beneficiaries to use the opportunity to turn their lives around for good.
Comrade adamu yusuf stressed the need for other organizations to emulate nomatech for job creation and national prosperity.
The nuj chairman said journalists must also embrace entrepreneurship in order to create other sources of generating income for themselves and in order to start preparing for retirement early enough.
In a paper presentation, dr. Daniel Asele Ewuga of the industrial training fund, kaduna area office. Advocated giving priority to technical skills in Nigerian institutions of learning.
He said ITF conducts training and provide starter parks to graduates on so many skills acquisition programs to encourage them to continue with what they have learnt.
Dr. Daniel Ewuga stated that anyone that benefit from free skills acquisition training should count himself lucky and commended NOMATECH for the gesture.