Nigeria

Agripreneurship Programme: Lagos begins fresh recruitment, provides details

Lagos State Government has commenced the recruitment of eligible candidates for the Batches 4, 5 and 6 of Lagos Agripreneurship Programme (LAP).

The initiative is under the Agriculture-based Youth Empowerment Scheme (Agric-YES).

Commissioner for Agriculture, Abisola Olusanya made the announcement on Tuesday.

Olusanya said the programme was in furtherance of the administration’s objective to train 15,000 youths and women in various agricultural value chains by 2023.

The official noted that the one-month training exercise would improve capacity, create wealth and employment in poultry, piggery, aquaculture and vegetation.

A total of 400 beneficiaries participated in Batch 1, 2 and 3.

“The current reality and exigencies of job creation for the teeming youth population and attainment of food security requires that a more aggressive, strategic and efficient approach be employed in the training and empowerment of women and youth”, she stressed.

The commissioner said the significance of the training would be the creation of 2,000 Agro-Entrepreneurs who would become employers, promote food security, improve nutrition and create at least thousands of indirect jobs annually.

The programme is designed for men between the ages of 18 and 35 years and women between the ages of 18 and 55 years.

Applicants are expected to collect and submit their forms between November 24 and December 8, 2020.

They will sit for an examination on Monday and Tuesday, December 14 and 15, 2020, while oral interviews would take place on Friday and Saturday, December 18 and 19, 2020.

Applicants must pass at least Senior Secondary School Certificate and be in good physical and health conditions.

Free application forms can be obtained at the Agricultural Training Institute, Araga, Epe; Lagos State Agricultural Development Authority, Oko Oba, Agege; Lagos Agricultural Inputs Supply Authority, Odogunyan, Ikorodu; Coconut House, Mowo, Badagry and Ministry of Agriculture Area Office, Ajah, Eti Osa.

Shortlisted candidates would start formal training at the Agricultural Training Institute, Araga, Epe, on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

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