By GRACE AUDU, Abuja –
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has said that the FCT Administration will continue to support the FCT/Leventis Center for Integrated Agricultural Development and Training, Yaba, in Kwali Area Council for the training of young Nigerians in modern agricultural practices.
Malam Bello stated this when he paid a visit to the Center, which is managed by the Leventis Foundation, according to a statement by Anthony Ogunleye, the Chief Press Secretary in the Ministry.
The Minister said, “We will work with you closely because what you are doing here is great and it is going to be the foundation of what we all stand for, especially our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, who always says we have to eat what we grow and we have to grow what we eat”.
Malam Bello who alluded to an agricultural revolution in the country, said Nigeria was now self-sufficient in a number of grains and have potential also to be self-sufficient in so many things. He said “ if you look at the environment here, you have enough facilities to be able to provide fruits and vegetables for the entire Abuja city”.
While commending the passion of the Chairman, Leventis Nigeria, Mr Ahmed Mantey, towards improving the training center, the Minister stressed that the school should enroll more students. He said “the school was established to teach and develop our youth, men and women from all the six Area Councils and indeed across Nigeria. So, I think we have to think of tripling the number of people we have here because there are so many people who need the support”.
Earlier, the Chairman, Leventis Foundation Nigeria, Ahmed Manteh, said the Leventis Foundation will continue to work to promote sustainability in agriculture and food production in Nigeria and beyond through training, offered by the Foundation, on sustainable agriculture.
He said: “Our approach has been to attract youth into agriculture and equip them with the necessary skills for producing food and for earning sustainable livelihood”, adding that, the Minister’s presence at the school was a clear demonstration of his commitment to youth development, grassroots empowerment as well as poverty alleviation.
Mantey assured the Minister of the Foundation’s dedication to providing quality training in agricultural businesses for people in the FCT while also commending him for exemplary leadership as demonstrated by the rehabilitation of the bridge at Ashara Wako and the road improvement works as well as ensuring that the counterpart funds that are due to the training institute were duly paid.
The Minister who was in company of the Permanent Secretary and other senior officials of the FCTA took an extensive tour of the Center.