MY APPEARANCE AT THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF YOUTH EMPLOYMENT IN AGRICULTURE PROGRAM (YEAP) AND THE FUND FOR AGRICULTURAL FINANCE IN NIGERIA (FAFIN)

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From Left to Right: Mr Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo (Dbanj) Singer and Songwriter, Mrs Mosunmola Umoru CEO Farmshoppe, Dr Akinwunmi Adesina Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs Toyosi Akerele – Ogunsiji Founder and CEO of Rise Networks and  Mrs Karima Babangida Deputy Director (Gender and Youth) Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

The Nigerian Government has launched a programme aimed at creating more employment for Nigerian Youths in the Agriculture sector.

The “Youth Employment In Agriculture Programme” (YEAP) was launched earlier today 16th Dec 2014  in Abuja by President Goodluck Jonathan.

President Jonathan said his administration would not relent in the execution of programmes that would engage the teeming Nigerian youths in profitable and viable economic activities especially in agriculture.

The government also launched a fund that would finance agriculture in Nigeria, creating an opportunity for young Nigerians and Youths to access finance for agricultural ventures which they desire to do.

“Nigerian youths will not just take agriculture as a way of life, they will run agriculture as a business.

“Nigerian youths have showcased Nigeria in positive light more than the politicians and Nigeria needs younger and more entrepreneurial commercial farmers, as the ageing population of farmers are posing challenges to the system,” President Jonathan said.

The Ministry of Agriculture has mapped out over $15 million investments, with the support of other world bodies like the German Development Bank, and the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority while the Federal Government has promised to create the enabling environment for the Nigerian youths to grab the opportunity.

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His Excellency President Goodluck Jonathan , Dr Akinwunmi Adesina Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and Mrs Toyosi Akerele – Ogunsiji Founder and CEO of Rise Networks.

The two programmes launched are targeted at reaching up to 750,000 Nigerian units over five years with financial support to enable them establish and run wealth creating agribusiness enterprises.

Nigeria is making efforts to diversify its economy that has depended hugely on revenues generated from sales of crude oil. The diversification of the economy has become a priority of the government at a time that the price of crude has continued to drop.

Prior to the discovery of crude in Nigeria, agriculture has been the mainstay of the economy of the nation, with large arable land left uncultivated.

Unemployment among youths has been identified as one of the biggest challenges facing Nigeria and for the President, time has come to create jobs and lay a new foundation for Nigeria’s economy to grow.

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With Left: Dr Akinwunmi Adesina Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and Right: Dr Victor Oladokun CEO of 3D Global Consult, Managing Producer of Christian Broadcasting Network  and Turning Point International.

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With Mrs Karima Babangida Deputy Director (Gender and Youth) Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

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With Mr Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo (Dbanj) Singer and Songwriter

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With Mrs. Dayo Benjamin-Laniyi, MD/CEO DOXA Digital

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With Dr Akinwunmi Adesina Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

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With Mrs Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli Co-Founder/Director of AACE Foods , Executive Director of Sahel Capital Partners and Founder LEAP Africa

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Dr Akinwunmi Adesina Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development with other YEAP Participants

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Mr Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo (Dbanj) Singer and Songwriter and his manager

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With other YEAP Participants.

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Dbanj presenting the Custom Beats by DRE  Headphone to His Excellency President Goodluck Jonathan

   

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Mr Theodore Ahamefule Orji Governor of Abia State  in an interview session

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With Dr Reuben Abati Presidential Spokesperson, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President of Nigeria

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Dr Akinwunmi Adesina Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and Dbanj.

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From Left to Right: Omoni Oboli Nollywood Actress and Movie Director, Dr Olusegun Mimiko Governor of Ondo State and Dr Akinwunmi Adesina Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.

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His Excellency President Goodluck Jonathan delivering his speech

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DBanj speaking with Honourable Gabriel Torwua Suswam CON Ph.D, Governor of Benue State

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Mr Adeniyi Adenuga The Young ‘Agropreneur’ of Tepebo “Catfish” Cottage.

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YEAP Participants

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Dbanj Performing

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Mrs Mosunmola Umoru CEO Farmshoppe and Dr Akinwunmi Adesina Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

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Dr Akinwunmi Adesina Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

 

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