The Federal College of Agriculture, Akure, Ondo State, has said that over 1000 unemployed graduates voluntarily registered at the college are to be trained in various agricultural businesses.
The Provost of the college, Dr. Samson Odedina, disclosed on Monday that the training was sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
He stated this during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Federal Government Supported Agricultural Value Chain Development Training for unemployed graduates, farmers and other stakeholders in Akure North/Akure South Federal Constituency of Ondo State.
According to the don, the institution was given a mandate to organise vocational training courses in specific agricultural value chain areas where trainees could be taught in various agricultural practices in few weeks and thereafter, begin to thrive in agricultural businesses.
He said, “We are pleased with the success stories of the profitability of the training areas. An appreciable number of our past trainees are now agro-millionaires and also role models in the industry.
“This is the third consecutive week that the college will be hosting different training events sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, with voluntary registration now above 1,000 entries.”
In his remarks at the event, the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Agboola Ajayi, said the training was part of the government’s efforts to reduce graduate unemployment in the country and to promote self-reliance among Nigerian youths.