OVER 185,000 young Nigerian farming entrepreneurs have been shortlisted by Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to access loans from Agri-Business Small and Medium Enterprise Investment Scheme (AGSMEIS) with a mentoring scheme under the auspices of National Directorate of Employment (NDE) as back-up.
NDE Director-General, Nasiru Ladan-Argungu, made this known at the orientation of 450 trainees of the pilot programme in Lafia, Nasarawa State yesterday.
He listed the schemes as National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (B-NOAS), Advanced National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (A-NOAS), Sustainable Agricultural Development Scheme (SADTS) and Environmental Beautification Training Scheme (EBTS).
Ladan-Argungu who was represented by the Nasarawa State coordinator of the scheme, Dauda Idris urged youths in the state to take this opportunity at their doorsteps to help their families and the society at large, adding that the choice of young artisans as beneficiaries was designed to produce next generation of cosmetology products producers, fashion designers, farmers, electricians and computer operators, among others.
Earlier, Head of Department of Vocational Skills Development in Nasarawa State, Rotgak Goar, thanked Ladan-Argungu for the various schemes implemented nationwide to better the lives of many helpless young persons.