The Federal Government will on Thursday flag off its first Graduate Farmers’ Scheme. The scheme is focused on providing food and jobs for Nigerians.
In a statement released by the Director for Information and Public Relations in the Federal Ministry of Water Resources,Margaret E. Umoh, the Federal Government is set to commence its Graduate Farmers’ Scheme as the Honourable Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu flags off the programme.
Engr. Adamu will flag off the first Graduate Farmers’ Scheme on Thursday 28th July, 2016 at Kampe Irrigation Scheme (Ejiba), Yagba West Local Government Area of Kogi State.
It would be recalled that the Federal Government of Nigeria in June, 2016 signed an agreement with the Songhai Nigeria Farmson Graduate Employment Scheme/Farm Settlement Schemes.
The scheme would be located in each of the 109 Senatorial District. They will enhance the ability of the River Basin Development Authorities (RBDAs) to package their water services with the provision of complementary basic rural infrastructure which would improve agriculture and food security.
According to the Director of River Basin Operations and Inspection of the ministry, Dr. Musa Ibrahim, the project is anchored by the Lower Niger Basin Development Authority.
He called on other River Basins to take a cue from the flag off as this would be replicated in all the twelve RBDAs across the country as the laudable initiative will without doubt support the vision and objectives of the present administration’s drive for food security and job creation.