We’re engaging youths, women in agric, skills in Kebbi – Idris

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By Ismail Abdulaziz
Gov. Nasir Idris of Kebbi has said that his administration was giving priority attention to the youths and women in the state.

Idris said that this was in recognition of the important role the youths and women play in the socio-economic development of any society.

The governor, in an interview with newsmen on Friday in Abuja, said the youth and women are enjoying the dividends of democracy appropriately across the state.

“During our elections campaign, we promised the youth that we will create opportunities for them, by engaging them, by creating skills acquisition centres, and that we have started.

“We have awarded contracts for the construction of the skills acquisition centres, we will furnish them and we will make sure that we engage our teeming youth to be productive.

“We will engage them by giving them stipends and tools so that they can be independent.”

Idris said that in the area of agriculture, the youths are being engaged in farming activities through associations and clusters.

“We bought solar pumps and all the equipment needed to make the youth participate actively in farming.

“Our message has always been that they should go back to the farm because it is a goldmine so to speak.

“And they are leveraging what the state government has put in place to make farming a lucrative business.

“We are now working hard to ensure that fertilizers are distributed to real farmers to encourage farming activities in the state and to particularly engage our teeming youth,” he said.

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On industrialisation, the governor said that the state government was already leveraging on the model establishment of the tomato factory by the federal government recently.

He said that the state has received a business proposal from a foreign investor on the development of an onion processing and packaging company.

“Recently, one private firm came to Kebbi state, we kick-started a discussion on the issue of onions and I can tell you that we have gone far.

“Kebbi state is known for farming onions, so the firm said that it has a way of preserving onions or drying and exporting it to other countries.

“So, we have just started discussions around that with them and I know that In sha Allah at the end of the day all of us will benefit from that cooperation.”

The governor said his administration had established healthcare centres to encourage the productivity of women, adding that Kebbi has big-time women farmers that needed to be taken care of in term of their families and children well being.

“We are doing a lot for women in Kebbi state. Women are central to our activities as a government. We have just awarded the rehabilitation of hospitals and primary healthcare facilities to ensure that women in the state enjoy the dividends of our administration.

“We are engaging a lot of women in agriculture and they are doing very well. Women are among the top and most powerful farmers we have in Kebbi state largely due to our intervention as a government.

“I know a particular woman who harvests between 600 and 1,000 bags of rice at the end of a season and there are many.

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“We are not going to leave the women behind, they are part of us and part of this administration and if anything that will make them achieve the best things in life, we will not hesitate to do it”.(NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Edited by Rabiu Sani-Ali

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