Imo State governor Hope Uzodinma has kicked off rabbits empowerment scheme for the unemployed youths in the state.
News Rain Nigeria gathered this during the flag-off ceremony recently where the Governor said he is determined to engage the youths in productive ventures like agriculture that will guarantee employment.
He stated that the empowerment program was going to guarantee food security, employment for Imo state youths and reduce restiveness across the state.
He said: ”We have flagged-off the commencement of the empowerment of our youths through agriculture and the official handover of the Imo State office of the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) at Okigwe road Owerri as Imo is the pilot State and southeast Zonal Head Office”.
He added that: “It is worthy of mention that the Federal Government, through NALDA, has empowered 250 beneficiaries from Imo State on rabbit farming as it flagged off the second phase of the NALDA empowerment scheme for young farmers in the area of rabbit breeding and rearing.
Imo State Governor Empowers Unemployed Youth With Rabbits
“The NALDA is saddled with the mandate of harnessing the full potentials of the vast arable lands in Nigeria for the purpose of empowering and supporting smallholder farmers both on a large scale and mechanized scales.
“I thank the Presidency for this initiative aimed at empowering our youths and growing the economy. I also thank the Executive Secretary of NALDA, Mr. Paul Ikonne for all the support.
“I have always maintained that the most effective way to ensure sustained socio-economic development in Nigeria and Imo State, in particular, is to engage youths in productive ventures that will guarantee their meaningful employment.
“This program will guarantee food security, empower youths, and reduce restiveness amongst other benefits and so engaging 774,000 youths across the nation would stimulate huge economic growth. These efforts will lead to food and fiber security and assist in diversifying the nation’s economy, improving household income, and enhancing revenue mobilization and generation nationwide.
“The government has provided an enabling environment for them, including being their primary off-takers, ready to purchase whatever they produce.
“To this end, I urge the beneficiaries to take the business seriously,” the governor said.
However, this gesture did not sit well with Nigerians on social media who outrightly condemned the shallow-minded scheme.
See some of the reactions below;
ukamaka. ugwuja wrote; ”E no go better for our govt, e no go better for this rabbit, infact, APC and it followers go die by fire”
iam_edosaa wrote; ”This country be like joke o”
bupsylovejay wrote; ”Osheyyyy Peter rabbit awon eyan bugs bunny”