Ecobank Nigeria Limited says it is partnering the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) to train and also provide support services to 16,000 Nigerian youths between the ages of 18 and 40 years on wealth creation through agriculture.
A statement by the bank noted that training will cover such key areas as poultry, aquaculture, horticulture, and value addition.
Ms. Ayo Osolake, Head, Public Sector and Agricbusiness at the bank who announced this, said the training designed for both digital and physical audiences is structured into phases, the first of which will be four weeks and strictly online. The second phase will be a hybrid comprising practical sessions and farm visits.
She stated that being a Pan-African institution, it is important for Ecobank to continue sowing “the seeds of growth in the communities where we operate, especially among young people who are the future of our nation and in real economy-impacting sectors like Agriculture.
“This is at the heart of our partnership with IITA, where we are combining the full scale of our expertise to empower and equip young Nigerians with the prerequisite knowledge for success in Agriculture.
“Our commitment to helping young people create wealth is unwavering, and we are keen on working with similar-minded stakeholders in other sectors to help nurture the dreams of our youths,” she stressed.
Continuing, Osolake explained that the “programme is designed with a view to expanding the frontiers of agricultural opportunities for Nigerians, especially in terms of research, development and wealth creation. Now is a great time for anyone considering a future in agriculture to be a part of this training.”
The structure and areas of specialization have been carefully chosen, she stressed, “to boost the capabilities of all attendees. The training will also cover both theoretical and practical aspects of everything they need to learn. It is a pleasure to work with a foremost institution like the IITA for this, seeing that we share similar values.” she stated.
“This training offers an opportunity to learn new technologies along the focus value chain, build business skills and competencies in agribusiness management, mentoring, and coaching opportunities, linkages to finance, exposure to business plan development, and loan application, she added, stressing that there will also be post-training support to improve start-up identity and market linkages.
While the training is open only to Ecobank account holders who are encouraged to register, others who would like to take advantage of the training can become Ecobank accounts holders by downloading the Xpresspoint App and signing up or by visiting any of the nearest Ecobank branch.