UMUAHIA (Sundiata Post) – Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has advised the Federal Government to think of establishing farms across the 36 states of the federation using members of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) as drivers of a youth agricultural initiative.
The governor, according to a statement issued on Thursday by his Chief Press Secretary, Comrade Enyinnaya Appolos, said this when he received the Director General of NYSC, Brig. Gen. Sule Kazaure, who paid him a one day working visit at Government House, Umuahia.
Ikpeazu said the policy would make it mandatory for corps members to be trained by experts in various aspects of agriculture during their one year national service, and every state would provide farm.
He said that upon the completion of their service year, the Federal Government would make agric loans accessible to them to go into various aspects of farming.
Ikpeazu said that the scheme would provide employment as it would encourage youth involvement in agriculture and reduce the number of white collar job seekers.
He said NYSC is a vehicle that could drive government policies including agriculture and achieve good value chain in the industry.
He promised that the erosion site at the NYSC orientation camp would be visited and the female hostel looked into, promising that the state government would continue to assist the NYSC in the state.
Ikpeazu also pleaded with NYSC to consider awarding contracts for the production of uniforms and boots to Aba tailors and shoe makers to support his administration’s drive for patronage of made-in-Aba goods and services.
He assured that the state government would guarantee high quality products as well as provide industrial capacity machines and high quality inputs to a consortium of tailors and shoe makers at Aba to meet the demands of NYSC in a timely manner.
The governor stated that the state was also ready to supply uniforms and boots to military men in the country at competitive prices.
Earlier, the DG of the NYSC, Brig Gen Suleiman Zakari Kazaure said that he was in the state for a routine inspection of the camp facility for the Batch A Stream 2 of the NYSC.
He thanked the governor for the cordial relationship between the state and the NYSC team in the state and appreciated his achievements in the state including his benevolence to the NYSC and requested him to assist in the area of erosion control in the camp, fix the dilapidated female hostel and provide borehole as well as do something about the subvention payable to NYSC.