The National Agricultural Land Development Authority has stated its readiness to partner with the National Youth Service Corps to train Corps Members on modernised farming techniques with value – chain benefits.
It said this is part of the agency’s mandate towards the implementation of Federal Government’s agenda to ensure food sufficiency and diversify National economy.
The Executive Secretary of NALDA, Prince Paul Ikonne stated this today during a virtual meeting with the NYSC Management.
He described the NYSC as a veritable platform that harnesses the skills of Corps Members for self employment and national development..
The Executive Secretary added that NALDA has designed a programme, titled; ‘Back to Farm’, where Corps Members would be actively engaged in agricultural training in a conducive environment with the necessary incentives.
He also said the programme would enable Corps Members apply for loan to fund their businesses.
Prince Ikonne said that the agency was aware of NYSC Farms across the country which would serve as training ground for Corps Members.
In his response, the NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim lauded the agency for making the request for partnership, adding that it would be of immense benefit for Corps Members and the country at large.
He disclosed that the Scheme mobilises over 350,000 Corps Members annually, who while in camp learn different skills that would make them self reliant.
He stated that the skills that were learned by Corps Members during Orientation programme through the NYSC Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Programme translated into the different anti-COVID-19 materials that were recently produced and distributed to different stakeholders across the country.
‘There is the need to have a seamless relationship for the benefit of the public’, Gen Ibrahim said.