To further ensure that citizens venture into agriculture, the Nasarawa State government has donated 300 hectares of land to the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) for the establishment of agricultural and vocational training centers.
The State Governor, Abdullahi Sule revealed this recently at the beginning of the disbursement of loans to 500 women under the NDE Micro Enterprise Enhancement Scheme in Lafia.
The Governor said the people in Nasarawa will benefit from these programmes and it is an opportunity for the people to break away from poverty and become independent.
Director-General of the NDE, Dr. Nasir Mohammed Ladan Argungu while lauding the state government for donating the land to build the NDE permanent state office, said that the state has an advantage in terms of agriculture as it can create millions of jobs for the people.
He noted that the agency requested for a piece of land to enable the agency to establish a vocational skills center and agricultural training center in the state.
He said,“We are pleased, pleading with His Excellency to give us a vast land so that we can create our vocational skill center and Agric training center in Nasarawa State.”
The Nasarawa State Coordinator of the NDE, Alhaji Dauda Wase, in his own remark, said the agency was already running various programmes to reduce unemployment in the country and create jobs for the people.
According to him, 1,942 people had benefited from the NDE’s skills acquisition and empowerment schemes across the 13 local government areas in Nasarawa State, in the last six months.