By Christian Ogbonna
Yenagoa – The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Bayelsa, on Thursday commenced training of 50 unemployed persons under its Sustainable Agricultural Development Scheme.
Dr. Nasiru Argungu, the Director-General of NDE, while declaring the training open, said in Yenagoa that it was part of its efforts to boost job creation.
Argungu, represented by Mr Aham Osuchukwu, Coordinator of the Directorate in the state, said the three months training would focus on fish farming and livestock.
“It will engage the trainees on practical and theoretical aspects of farming.
“That is two and half months practical, and two theoretical training on fish farming and livestock basically on poultry.
“I urge all participants to take advantage of the programme and support the Federal Government’s effort in ensuring that jobs are created.
“You have to consider the training as a refresher course and opportunity to broaden your knowledge.
“I want you to be willing to learn something new that will guide you in investing in agriculture business, make sure that you are present at all lectures,” he said.
Mrs Martha Wokoro, Head of Department, Rural Agricultural Development of NDE, said the training would further build capacity of participants.
“We all know that agriculture is a good business, we must continue to support Federal Government programmes for sustainable agriculture,” Wokoro said.
Mr Ndiomu Ebiakpo, the resource person urged the participants to remain focused and make use of the knowledge acquired wisely.
“I must tell you, fish farming is a lucrative business,” Ebiakpo advised.
Mr Williams Daminabo, one of the participants, said that the training was a welcome development, and promised to pay attention to all the topics to enable him reap the benefits of the training.