Abia, NALDA Set to Create Jobs for 3,000 Youths

The Abia State Government in partnership with the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) is set to boost agricultural productivity and create jobs for over 3,000 youths.

This was facilitated through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by both parties towards the rehabilitation of the Ogwe Golden Chicken Farm Estate in the state.

Speaking during the event in Umuahia, Executive Secretary and Chief Executive of NALDA, Prince Paul Ikonne, stated that President Buhari had directed the authority to rehabilitate all farm estates across the country, including the Ogwe Chicken Facility in Ukwa East Local Government Area of the state.

Ikonne further stated that the visit was meant to formalise the modalities for the rehabilitation of the poultry to reduce unemployment in the state adding that the estate was expected to employ about 3,000 youths.

In his words, “NALDA programmes are community-based and this one will engage youths in the entire poultry value chain. What this means is that Abia will be known for egg production and finished chicken products.

“It will also reduce unemployment because by the time you take away 3,000 people from the job-seeking environment you are automatically creating security, as an idle mind is the devil’s workshop.

“Ogwe Golden Chicken is going to have many facilities because the land is over 300 acres and with that size, we will have the processing and hatchery points, residential area, production area in terms of producing feeds, and the packaging area,” Ikonne said.

On his part, Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, expressed gratitude to President Buhari for the initiative adding that NALDA had inspired hope for Nigerian youths as agriculture remained a significant sector for job creation and food provision.

“We applaud NALDA’s drive to ensure local participation in its programmes to create local economies and powerhouses to grow the country’s Gross Domestic Product and we assure the President that the Chief Executive of NALDA will continue to deliver,” Ikpeazu stated.


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