Thursday, 9 February 2017

UK DFID AGREES TO PARTNER WITH IMO STATE DIRECTORATE FOR EMPLOYMENT AND JOB CENTER


The Team Leader of DFID Markets Development in the Niger Delta (MADE), Mr. Tunde Oderinde paid a facility tour of the Imo State owned multi--million Naira integrated farm complex at Acharaubo, Emekuku in Owerri North LGA of Imo State.

While showing him round the complex, Hon. Remy Chukwunyere, the Principal Officer to the Governor on Employment and Job Creation informed the DFID MADE officials that the complex was established in the 1980s to serve as a training and demonstration farm for youths in various agricultural value chains, such as poultry, piggery, snailry, vegetables, cassava, etc.

According to him, the farm complex became moribund several years ago before the administration of His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Okorocha came on board and that this tour is one of the efforts he is making to revive the ailing farm. 

Hon. Remy Chukwunyere used the opportunity to show them round his agency’s poultry and piggery projects in the complex and called for their intervention to return the multi-million naira farm to its former glory. 

In a strategic partnership meeting after the facility tour, Rev. Father Ihebinike, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Religious Matters, who was invited to the meeting to represent the Justice, Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) of the Catholic church said that they are ready to assist the Employment and Job Center in the empowerment of Imo youths through their networks, which operate well established integrated farm complexes within the four Dioceses.

Earlier in his speech, Team Leader, Tunde Oderinde said that for now their intervention in the Niger Delta region is focusing on oil palm, poultry and fisheries value chains and encouraged those interested in these areas to participate in the projects that will soon commence in Imo State. He thereafter called on those who are yet to apply for the Technology Adoption Grant in oil palm and fisheries value chains to do so now by sending a mail to the email: tag_info@dai.com

According to Hon. Remy Chukwunyere, In the coming week, there is going to be visitation to some of the Catholic Dioceses in Imo State to assess the fish ponds and other infrastructures operated by the JDPCs for immediate commencement of our projects. he opined

Imo Must Be Better and the Youths Must Be Engaged!







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