Rep-member, Nwonu gives grants to constituents for sustainable agriculture

 By Joel Onuoha

 Chief Anayo Edwin Nwonu, a Member representing Ezza North/Ishielu Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, on Friday disbursed financial grants of N100,000 each to his constituents for agricultural development.

Nwonu said during the ceremony in his hometown, Onueke, that the grant is to empower the people as well as boosting food production.

The programme, in collaboration with National Directorate of Employment (NDE), is tagged, “the resettlement of graduated trainees on NDE Sustainable Agricultural Development Training Scheme (SADTS).”

The House Member, repsentented by his Assistant, Mr Felix Nwankwo, urged the beneficiaries to invest wisely and support the federal government policy on food security.

“You must see yourself as lucky for being one of the beneficiaries. I urge you to make good use of the grant; you have been trained as employers of labour and food productions.

“As you invest, always keep proper account of your daily expenditures,” Edwin advised.

Mr Abubakar Nuhu-Fikpo, Acting Director of NDE, repsentented by Mr Mike Mbata, the Agency Director, Rural Employment Promotion Department, described agriculture as pertinent to economic development.

Nuhu-Fikpo commended the House of Representatives Member for supporting NDE programmes and urged politicians to emulate him.

“The 30 candidates from Ezza North/Ishielu Federal constituency federal constituency are among the 100 indegenes of Ebonyi trained on the economic value additions in the agricultural chain of activities.

“These include production, storage, processing, post-harvest handing and management, preservation, packaging, marketing, among others.

“Having exposed them to these economic choices, each beneficiary is expected to begin an economic activity based on competence, interest and the principle of competitive and comparative advantage,” he stated.

Mr Marcel Igboanude, Coordinator of NDE in Ebonyi, said that SADTS scheme was one of the job creation programmes initiated to train unemployed youths in modern agriculture.

Mr Henry Nwakpa, a Graduate of Law and a beneficiary of the grant, thanked the organiser and promised to make good investment and support job creations

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