The Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, has confirmed that the federal government has commenced steps to ensure quick commencement of the federal government’s agricultural initiative to provide jobs for 360,000 youths nationwide. He disclosed this in Abuja on the 6th of October at a stakeholders’ meeting on the operational framework for the Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme (AADS).
According to him, AADS was targeted primarily at unemployed youths between the ages of 18 and 35. Emefiele said through the scheme, a minimum of 10,000 youths in each state, willing to engage in sustainable and profitable activities along the agriculture value chain, would be employed and trained.
“I believe we are on the verge of something very significant with the AADS. This scheme has been designed to create an ecosystem with the active participation of the public sector, state governments and the private sector,’’ he said.