YOUTH EMPLOYMENT IN AGRICULTURE PROGRAMME (YEAP)

ACHIEVING YOUTH EMPLOYMENT FOR NAGROPRENUERS: THE 21ST CENTURY APPROACH BY A 21ST CENTURY DYNAMIC AGRICULTURE MINISTER.      BY COMRADE OGIRINYE INNOCENT 08077686333.

L-R DR. EZEKIEL ONYEMOMI (Permanent Secretary), DR. ADESINA AKINWUMI (Hon. Minister) and DR. BUKAR TIJANI (Hon. Minister of State) of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abuja.

It was a historic moment that marks the end of the old bureaucracy; it signifies the redefinition of a path in our National history as well as the beginning of a new chapter for teeming Nigerian Youths in Agricultural sector. On Thursday the 20th to Friday the 21st September 2012 witnessed the gathering of over a hundred stakeholders from different academic and professional background who converged at the instance of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abuja for a Technical workshop for the Design of the Presidential Initiative for Youth Employment in Agriculture with a caption: ACHIEVING YOUTH EMPLOYMENT FOR NAGROPRENUERS. The participants at this event were mostly Nigerian Youths cutting across diverse professions especially those from the Agricultural discipline to say what they want and in what best format they want it. It was indeed a programme of the Youth, for the youth and by the youth as the young participants under the guidance of few older stakeholders in the sector (who were there to sharpened their ideals for sustainability) suggested how best their lack of interest in Agriculture can be revived and sustained. The identified problems militating against Youth participation in Agriculture along which the thematic session for the workshop were formed was not designed by the Ministry, it was done by some few Youth leaders who formed the National Steering Committee for the Youth Employment in Agriculture Programme (YEAP), this I was opportune to be a member and which was set up devoid of politics.

This  is the first time in our recent past  that the Beneficiaries of a policy were given the chance to say what their challenges are and how best the problems can be solved with a keen interest from the man who holds the pen.

The Honourable Minister of Agriculture, the Minister of State for Agriculture, the Permanent Secretary and several other top functionaries in the Agricultural sector were among the audience listening to the young dynamic, creative and innovative Nigerian Youths present the ideal solutions to their problems as rightly identified by their colleagues at the Steering Committee. What a show of humility, passion for result, and I  dare ask: how many Ministers today will take their seat at the back and see  the younger ones suggest to them what they want and how they want it?

I  saw at the extreme end of the audience seats, two dynamic 21st century Ministers of Agriculture, with a 21st century bureaucracy to address the 21st century challenges of Nigeria using their sector.

The Honourable Minister of Agriculture  in his opening and closing remarks reiterated his commitment to achieving the Agricultural Transformation Agenda, he emphasized that the era of old age farmers need to be over, that  subsistence agriculture has to give way to  youth driven commercial Agriculture and our hard Naira currency use on food importation has to be redistributed among our farmers, enough is enough for the continue stay of  our youth on the street of joblessness while we keep the youths of the countries where we do our food import out of  street. To him the time for the over haul of Nigeria Agriculture can not be better than now and Agriculture must be treated as business and no more a developmental project.

In his speech and actions, I see a passionate commitment to achieve results instead of the usual politics,  behind a smile of fine gentle man, I see hope for Nigerian youths, I see a future for Agricultural graduates to be proud of their profession again, to say to the entire world I am a NAGROPRENEURE. He is a stakeholder whose voice represents the voices and language of the Youths. The aspirations of new Nigeria where food security and Youth employment will be guarantee through Agriculture. To many fellow youths that I interacted with at the workshop he is an inspiration to them, he drives the vision of Youth Initiative for Sustainable Agriculture (YISA), my dream and to me a role model.

Among several solutions suggested by the youths ranging from Improved Access to land, Credits, Educational support for future Agricultural Scientist, Youth farm Rehabilitation, Include youth in Input Production, Research and Development, Rural Infrastructure, the Improved Access to land thematic session advocates for Retirement Age from the Farm Cities to be set up to pave way for continues youth participation in Farming.

The workshop was not just an opportunity for youths to say what they want,  it was also an opportunity for Youth –In – Agriculture and other related Organizations and individuals to share their experiences, ideals and networked for other mutual and enhanced participation in  the Agricultural value chain. Youth Initiative for Sustainable Agriculture (YISA) was not left out in the entire process.

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66 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by MR LATEEF on May 6, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    GOOD DAY SIR , HOW DO I JOIN THE YISA OPPORTUNITY. AND HOW TO BE CAME A MEMBER OF NIGERIA AGRICULTURE COOPERATIVE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT. THANKS

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  2. Posted by YISA National Coordinator on May 18, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Mr. Lateef, thanks for your interest in YISA, to start with let us know your present location. For now we are operational in 13 States of Nigeria and FCT.

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  3. Posted by Miss Rachael on June 2, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    I love this innitiative cause it’s 1st of its kind. Pls how can I join , I’m presently in Abuja? Thankyou sir.

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  4. Posted by Adeyemi Hassan A on June 6, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Good day sir. How do i join the YISA program. Am in Ogun state

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    • Posted by National Coordinator-YISA on June 19, 2013 at 8:27 am

      Dear Adeyemi, we are working on establishing a branch of YISA in Ogun State. I shall keep you updated on the progress.

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  5. Posted by Salihu omeiza abdulrazaq on June 23, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Am an indegene of Kogi State residing presently in Kaduna State. Please how can i join YISA?

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  6. Posted by Ujinge N. John on July 25, 2013 at 11:31 am

    This is a brilliant initiative, how do i join YISA. I am from Benue State and currently in Makurdi.

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  7. Posted by Ayodeji O. on September 1, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Hi, I am just hearing about this initiative think it’s very nice but I need more information on it, how to join and participate in it. I leave in Osun state and my mail is damilola88@gmail.com. I will appreciate it if details of how to join is forwarded to my mail box. Thank you

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  8. On behalf of Blue Royale Integrated , we at BRI really fall in love with this initiative, we re based in Ibadan oyo state. how do we join? you can write us at services@bril.com.ng . Regards

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  9. Posted by Chukwu kenneth on September 4, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Pls how can i be part of the YISA opportunities? I live in Enugu state.

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  10. Posted by Afolabi Abiodun Marcus on October 28, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Welldone Sir, I will like to be a member of this program. Pls how will I get your contact

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  11. Posted by Afolabi Abiodun Marcus on October 28, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Welldone Sir, I will like to be a member of this program. Pls how will I get your contact. I live in Ibadan, Oyo state. and my mail address is Biormarcus@ymail.com thanks

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  12. Posted by GBENGA AKINPELU on October 29, 2013 at 5:42 am

    I Like D Program.I Stay In Ibadan.I Do Not Mind If You Can Link Me Up.Thanks

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  13. Posted by Adegoke Adekunle on October 31, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Hi, I am just hearing about this initiative think it’s very nice but I need more information on it, how to join and participate in it. I leave in Oyo state, Ibadan. my mail is zzkunle@yahoo.co.uk I will appreciate it if details of how to join is forwarded to my mail box. Thank you

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  14. Posted by ojebola oladele on November 3, 2013 at 7:06 am

    i luv this prog,hw can i b amember?am in oyo state,precisely in saki.thanks

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  15. Posted by ADEYEMO MUHYDEEN ADEBAYO on November 4, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I’m in Ibadan,please mail me on adeyemo2009211@yahoo.com,I want to join the initiative.Thank you very much sir.

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  16. Posted by ADEYEMO MUHYDEEN ADEBAYO on November 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Please forward how I can join the initiative to my e~mail,adeyemo2009211@yahoo.com.I’m in Ibadan and I want to join the initiative.Thank you very much sir.

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  17. Posted by Kinddly assist also pls i like to join YISA.israel_balogun@yahoo.co.uk on November 6, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Pls i also need assistant in joining so as to promote d agricultural sector.

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  18. May God bless Oyo State

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  19. How can I join the programme

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  20. How can I join the programme.

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  21. Posted by David Temitope E. on November 12, 2013 at 2:53 am

    This is a great initiative. This is what all youths has been craving for. We need to support one another so as to be the future leader we often talked about. My email in passion4change@gmail.com. Please kindly hint me on how to be part of this great initiative. Thank you

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  22. Posted by Igbokwe Emmanuel on March 5, 2014 at 8:50 am

    It’s a nice initiative and I believe it’s still on pls how do I join I’m in Kuje area council of Abuja

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  23. Honorable Minister sir, pls practically reply by email so i can suggest viable Livestock employment or empowerment national or zonal schemes that wont cost the fg/agriculture ministry as much as I’ve seen and heard projected.

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  24. Fantastic one, but please how can I partake in this phenomenon YISA presented? I reside in Lagos. Thank you.

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  25. Posted by akinsanya abiodun on August 13, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    i came across these great opportunity today while surfing the net.please how do i join because i want to gain from YEAP initiative.i am akinsanya abiodun and i reside in lagos state.

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  26. It is a tremendeous step and development to bring a drasctic change in the agricultural sector of our economy and a total increase in the food supply. Both Mr President and the Hon. minister have done well in this action.
    How do l join this young farmers race now to contribute my quota? l am intrested.
    Nassarawa state.

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  27. I am so much impressed with the presentation of the Hon minister as l watched today- 03/11/2014 on Channel TV. His dreams and vission will bring a positve change to food supply,unemployment and in agro-export.
    l am in Keffi,Nassarawa State and l want to join and how do l start?
    thanks sir.

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  28. Posted by Ogbanje Joseph Adakole on November 25, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Pls am from Benue, how do i join YISA.

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  29. Goodday Sir/ Madam, my name is Igbokwe Emmanuel am from Abia State i like to join the organisation. What are the procedure’s? Thanks Sir /Madam. Yours faithfully Igbokwe Emmanuel (Igbokwe is my surname) +2347062996605 or +2347058233617

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  30. Yes Sir i have already posted coment.

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  31. Posted by Ayaka on December 5, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    how can unemployed graduates participate in the programme

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  32. Posted by Odewale Matthew O. on December 14, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    welldone sir,i will like to be a member of this program.please how will i get your contact.I lived in Osun State.08037767626.Thanks.

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  33. Posted by Umar Sheriff on December 16, 2014 at 10:25 am

    am in ibadan.an a graduate of the federal college of agriculture.ibadan.pls how can i join this wonderful opportunity in agriculture.

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  34. Posted by THOMAS O on December 16, 2014 at 10:30 am

    am in Niger state and a graduate of Niger State Polytechnic , Niger State. please how can i join this wonderful opportunity programme in agriculture

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  35. Posted by Paul on December 16, 2014 at 11:00 am

    I am a graduate in electronics-telecoms engineering. Am currently unemployed but has gained employement through poultry farming. The problem is marketing this agricultural farm produce is a big issue but I believe if I could be a beneficiary of your programme YISA, I would be properly enlightened about this entreprenueral promising business…..I just got to know about this scheme on a live broadcast of YEAP on AIT

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  36. Posted by Bakare Bose on December 16, 2014 at 11:05 am

    How can i join YISA i live in Edo state you can reply through my email babome4real@gmail.com

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  37. Posted by Mr Joseph on December 16, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Hello sir. This is first of his kind in our beloved country, Nigeria. I sincerely love 2 join. Thanks

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  38. Posted by Orogwu Benjamin on December 16, 2014 at 11:41 am

    How do i acces finacial asistance to enable me develop or achieve my proposals.

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    • Posted by Igbokwe Emmanuel on December 16, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      Goodday Sir, Pls i need finicial assistance to invest in my Agriculture business both farming and my crops. The total sum of #500,000 or #1,000,000 because i have 3ecrs of land for my faming job am from Abia State Nigeria i will appriciate if you my demand is being granted i promise not to miss use it. Thanks for your co-operation Sir, Igbokwe Emmanuel. 07062996605 or 07058233617.

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  39. Posted by sagir ibrahim parashi on December 16, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    i saw presidencial lunch YEAP PROGRAMME on NTA today how can i join this enitiative?

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  40. Goodafternoon Sir, I thank the Honourable Minister and other Heads of YISA(Youth Iniative For Sustainable Agriculture Nigeria) am proud of the iniative because am a youth who is jobless and believe in Agriculture. Pls Sir i need the asistance Sir. Thanks for your concern Sir. Long Live Nigeria ! Long Live the Minister of Agriculture and the Comrade!! Long Live Nigeria Youths!!!. Yours faithfully, Igbokwe Emmanuel.

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  41. Posted by Akinbami Akintayo on December 16, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Am so excited i didnt miss the live broadcast of yeap and fafin. Please how can i be part of this group

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  42. Posted by Mr. Peter sylvanus on December 16, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    pls,i watch d YEAP launch live on NTA today,how do i benefit frm this lofty programe. enlighten me. mr. peter sylvanus

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  43. Posted by tayo on December 16, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Sir I watched live program of YEAP on AIT, how can I be a partaker of this program. Am already into fish production and I need more assistance from YEAP to increase my production. My mail: hailtayo@gmail.com

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  44. Posted by Ilori Oluwaseun on December 17, 2014 at 10:03 am

    How can I partake in YEAP bcos I am into Fish farming presently. My e-mail: balooisreal@yahoo.com

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  45. Posted by NKORO DOMINIC CHIEMEZIE on December 17, 2014 at 10:25 am

    please how can i be a partaker of this programme (YEAP/YISA), i just graduated but yet to serve, i studied agribusiness and management, i’m based in abuja but studied abia state

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  46. Posted by NKORO DOMINIC CHIEMEZIE on December 17, 2014 at 10:25 am

    please how can i be a partaker of this programme (YEAP/YISA), i just graduated but yet to serve, i studied agribusiness and management, i’m based in abuja but studied in abia state

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  47. Posted by UZU GODWIN CHUKS on December 17, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Please,how can I join this initiative?I reside in port Harcourt and my name is Godwin Uzu’thanks

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  48. Posted by Blessing Goodhead on December 17, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Good day Sir / Madam, my name is Blessing Ijeanuri Goodhead and I live in Abuja. I love the program, please what are the procedures?,I would like to par take.Thanks.

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  49. Posted by ADEWOLE ADELERE EZEKIEL on December 17, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I AM RESIDING IN ILORIN KWARA STATE AND IM INTERESTED IN JOINING, PLS, WHAT SHOULD I DO???

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  50. Posted by Lawrence on December 17, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I Am One Of The Numerous Nigerian Youths Who Have Passion For Agriculture. I Am Based In Abuja, And My Area Of Agro Interest Is Piggery(Pig Farming) Pls I Need A Detailed Information On How To Benefit The Agriculture Grants. My Contacts Are: 08055242031; 08034684728. lordibeh@gmail.com

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  51. You sometime ago told us that you are working on establishing a branch of YISA in Ogun State. HOW FAR NOW?

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  52. Posted by Ajisola sunkanmi on December 17, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Good innovation,
    Please kindly get me link to how join the program, I will be Happy to be part of the program.
    Am from Ekiti state if u have office in my state sir.

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  53. Posted by Daniel Godswill on December 18, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Good day sir, please am very much interested in this program but dont know how to join. i am presently in abuja.

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  54. Posted by GEORGE AYIM JOEL on December 18, 2014 at 10:41 am

    We hear stories like this Everyday with nothing to show for it,My uncles are rice and palm oil farmers,but are still very poor in cross Rivers state,why? marketing and distribution and good mechanize for farming,i only hear how famers benefit from the north,but we from the soth gets nothing.if yisa can inproved our busness we will be very grateful.

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  55. am in Taraba how do i join YISA here?

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  56. Posted by EMMANUEL . C .ELUKE. on December 20, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    I resides in abuja and i will like to be a partaker of this life changing venture by mr presidemt,Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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  57. Posted by EMMANUEL . C .ELUKE. on December 20, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    l love YEAP and i want to be a partaker in this life changing venture by mr.president.How can i be involve?or contact you?

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  58. Posted by shodunke on December 21, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    i love YEAP and i have heard testimony of those that have benefited from this program.Please i want to be partaker of this. profshogene2001@yahoo.com

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  59. Posted by shodunke on December 21, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    pls am in kwara state. 08131153235

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  60. Posted by Lateef on December 21, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Good day sir. I will like to be a member of this program. I live in lagos and ibadan

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  61. Posted by Lateef on December 21, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    I will like to be a member of this program. I live in lagos and ibadan

    Reply

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