The Executive Director of Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI), Ilorin, Dr. Olufemi Oladunni has lauded the Federal Government for its sustained interest and funding of vocational training for women and youths in Nigeria.
Oladunni in a chat with reporters yesterday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, said the world over, women and the youths formed the largest human population, noting that meaningful investments in them therefore would not be in futility.
He said, “we need to praise the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari led government especially in the areas of the vocational training of the nation’s youths and children. This drive, had in the past brought out the best in some nations of the world we see today as notable. Very soon if we sustain same, we will begin to see the positive side of it in our economy.”
The ARMTI boss recounted on the recent trainings of 80 women and youths at Ankpa, Omala and Olamaboro Federal Constituency of Kogi State. The programme he noted was designed to equip the youths with relevant skills in Agro-based value chain and Business Development.
He said the participants were trained in such courses as Market Analysis and Linkages in Agricultural Value Chain, Formation and Management of Cooperative Society, Operation and maintenance of Grain Threshing, milling machine and improved cassava production.
In the same vein, Oladunni who said the programme was bankrolled by the Federal government via the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development added that 40 women and youths from a council area of Anambra had equally benefited from a similar gesture.
He added, “in Anambra as an addition to training in agricultural related courses, they were among other courses also trained on step by step procedure in becoming a sewing mister/mistress, business ethics and customer relations, managing a fashion house, managing basic barbing and sewing equipment.”
Oladunni who described the McGeorge consulting firm who collaborated with the Federal government on both training across the two states as versatile, disclosed that the event had been designed to spread across the 36 states of the federation but with a caveat, “if there are sponsors that would support the Federal Government.”
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