Former Enugu Gov, Sen. Chimaroke Nnamani empowers youths, women in Improved Plantain, Banana, Pawpaw Production - SALIENT TIMES ONLINE


Saturday, 27 March 2021

Former Enugu Gov, Sen. Chimaroke Nnamani empowers youths, women in Improved Plantain, Banana, Pawpaw Production

By Our Correspondent

The Senator representing Enugu East senatorial district at the national assembly and former Governor of Enugu State has empower about 110 youths and women in the field of fish Framing,Snail Farming Improved Plantain, Banana and Pawpaw Production Fish Framing

The training under the Bioenterpreneurship training and capacity building for women and youths in Enugu East senatorial district was supervised by Bioresources Development Centre, Owode under the National Biotechnology Development Agency.

The organizer of the training, Ragal Consult limited, while addressing participants at the three day program said the capacity building is to ensure that women and youths in the senatorial district are empowered in order to fight poverty and reduce unemployment.

The training which was held in phases with (Phase I) held on Monday 28th – Wednesday 30th December 2020 and (Phase II) held on Thursday 25th – Friday 26th March 202.

The program was held in Enugu with 80 Participants for phase 1, and 30 participants for phase 2.

The facilitator, said the  vision of Senator Chimaroke Nnamani was to encourage youth into farming to make them economically relevant.

Chimaroke Nnamani, a former Governor of Enugu explained that the beneficiaries will be empowered with take-off funding to start the agric business that would make them economically independent, rather than being job seekers.

He stated that the level of unemployment has reached a petrified point in the country that has made it expedient for the leaders to cogitate outside the box and fashion out how best to develop agriculture, where Enugu has a comparative advantage.

He said agriculture becomes the readily available option as the country strives to diversify its economy from sole dependence on oil, which he said has been the greatest impediment to the growth and development of the nation.

“Nigerians must look back and read their history very well. During the time of the regional system, we relied on agriculture to fund laudable projects at that time.

“Available statistics showed that over 85 percent of the Nigerian graduates are either unemployed or underemployed. This is killing and not too good for our future as a nation.

“Many Nigerians are still having the nostalgic feelings of the old cocoa period of the south-west and the groundnut pyramid of the North. Those were the good old days when the country’s development indices were high and favourable unlike what we are getting now.

“Why can’t we encourage our youths. One thing I have noticed over the years is that our youth don’t hate agriculture, but what was lacking is encouragement. That was why we have encouraged them with money to start off the business.

“Agriculture has gone beyond subsistence level. It has become a veritable source of business that can create employment and wealth”.

Some of the beneficiaries, commended Sen. Chimaroke Nnamani for fashioning out the best way to rescue the youth in his constituency from poverty.

They said the training would be of help taking cognisance of the pervasive dearth of white-collar jobs in the country, forcing the productive population to take into crimes like kidnapping, Banditry, insurgency and robbery.

“Some of our youth had even become rapists who on daily basis defiled little children for being jobless. Devil they say finds jobs for an idle hand”.