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FG inaugurates120 housing units, empowerment centre for farmers



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The announcement of the inauguration of 120 housing units and an empowerment centre for farmers in Borno State was made by the Federal Government on Saturday. The National Agricultural Land Development Authority revealed that this initiative is part of the efforts to alleviate poverty and enhance food production in Nigeria. Situated in Dustman Village, Zawiya, Borno State, the facilities comprise a clinic, a school for the children of farmers, a worship centre, solar-powered boreholes, and access roads.

The authority stated that the facilities are divided into fish ponds, poultry houses, and goat pens in the production area, as well as an already completed empowerment centre for the training of women and youths. It was mentioned that the beneficiaries were selected from the Internally Displaced Persons camp in the state.

The Executive Secretary of NALDA, Paul Ikonne, alongside Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, inaugurated the housing units in Maiduguri, the state capital. This initiative aims to motivate young Nigerians to engage in agriculture by providing good accommodation for farmers. Additionally, agriculture empowerment centres will offer training to youths and women for a period of three to four months, after which they will receive startup packs to begin agricultural businesses. This endeavor is geared towards reducing unemployment and achieving food security.

Moreover, NALDA emphasized their partnership with individual farmers in states such as Osun and Nasarawa for the activation of empowerment centres. The importance of these agriculture empowerment centres is to create job opportunities and encourage young Nigerians to embrace agriculture. Furthermore, NALDA expressed their willingness to collaborate with corporate organizations or individuals to manage the farms and empower youths from the proceeds.

In parallel, the agency aims to recruit 250,000 young Nigerians across the country for empowerment in different fields in the first phase. Governor Zulum commended NALDA for implementing such projects in Borno, expressing his readiness to provide land for investors interested in agriculture, to assist the Internally Displaced Persons in the state.