Rivers State Deputy Governor Dr. Mrs. Ipalibo Harry Banigo has reiterated the commitment of the State Government to ensure that all Rivers Youths are productive.
Dr. Banigo reiterated this during the commissioning of a poultry pen she constructed for beneficiaries of the Skills Acquisition/ Entrepreneurial Training Programme at the Rivers State Agricultural Development Programme Area Extension Office in Degema on Friday 31st July, 2020.
Represented by the Director of Administration in the Office of the Deputy Governor, Ben Roberts, the Deputy Governor said she embarked on the project in line with the vision of Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike to encourage the Rivers Youths to engage in meaningful ventures to better their lives.
Dr. Banigo who expressed her desire to concretize the training by providing the necessary logistics for the beneficiaries to stand on their own, disclosed that It is not just about training people and letting them go without any measurable results, noted that the commissioning of the poultry pen would afford them the opportunity to stand on their own and contribute to the socio-economic development of their communities.
The Deputy Governor expressed gratitude to the Central Bank of Nigeria, the State Ministry of Agriculture, and the ADP for their support.
In her remarks the Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Agriculture Mrs. Caroline Wali said the poultry industry is an age long enterprise which is the second largest sector in the livestock industry, with various value chains, stressing that the decision of the Deputy Governor to provide poultry pen for beneficiaries of the Programme would create employment and promote food security.
Also speaking the Zonal Manager II, ADP, Degema, Mr. Abiye Samuel Harry said the establishment of the poultry would not only serve as a post skills acquisition training for beneficiaries but also serve as an industrial training facility for agric students from the Universities.