Yobe to empower 40,000 unemployed youths through irrigation scheme

Youth gathering.

Youth gathering.

To harness vast agricultural resources and address unemployment among youths, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe state has concluded plans to establish an irrigation scheme project that will engage over 40, 000 unemployed youths for self-reliance and diversification of the state economy.

The irrigation scheme project, according to Government House sources on Tuesday in Damaturu, will be executed by a Chinese irrigation equipment firm, Rainfine Irrigation Company Ltd.

This was disclosed in a statement from the Director of Press Affairs to the Governor, Abdullahi Bego, in Damaturu.

According to the statement,: “the governor, who is currently on a visit to the People’s Republic of China on the invitation of Chinese agriculture and infrastructure investors, has already met and held talks with various potential investors, including an irrigation equipment manufacturing firm called Rainfine (Dalian) Irrigation Company Ltd.

“The irrigation company specialises in the manufacture, installation and training of people in centre pivot irrigation technology in the Chinese city of Dalian.

“His Excellency also visited a modern irrigation farm company in the town of Jixian called Tianjing Jixian Lvpusheng Vegetable Planning Company Ltd and had fruitful discussions with the farm’s Managing Director, Ms Lu Xiulung.”

On scheme’s empowerment of youths, Bego said: “Irrigation agriculture is very significant in unleashing the enthusiasm and capacity of our youth for self-reliance. We are very much committed to using irrigation as another catalyst to empower our youths. This is why we came here to establish wide ranging partnerships that will accelerate irrigation agriculture in our State.

“We are particularly interested in modern centre-pivot irrigation where a single machine or a cluster of machines can irrigate large expanses of land. We can use this all year round to irrigate farmlands and grow crops that will positively impact the lives and future of our youths and improve on our economy in the long term.

“I am confident we can begin this before the year runs out; precisely within the next three months. We have it in our budget for the year and we are determined to carry it through.”

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