Yobe to employ 40,000 youths for irrigation project
TO address unemployment among youths, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State has promised to establish an irrigation scheme project that will engage over 40,000 unemployed youths for self-reliance and diversification of the state economy.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Director of Press Affairs to the Governor, Abdullahi Bego and made available to newsmen in the Damaturu.
The statement reads in part: “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, Lu Xiulung.”
On scheme’s empowerment of youths, Bego said: “Irrigation agriculture is very significant in unleashing the enthusiasm and capacity of our youths for self-reliance. We are very much committed to using irrigation as another catalyst for helping to empower our youths.
This is why we came here to establish wide-ranging partnerships that will accelerate irrigation agriculture in our state.”
General Manager of RainFine Irrigation Company (RIRCO), Mr. Wang Zhi, who also told reporters after meeting with the governor, said that the “center pivot irrigation” agriculture technologies are much more effective and cheaper than their predecessors, adding that they take less time to set up, require less maintenances; and are much easier to handle by local farmers.