The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has commenced the training of 50 women and youth in Gombe State on goat and sheep rearing as well as animal fattening under the Rural Employment Promotion Programme (REPP).

The state Coordinator of NDE, Malam Hassan Mustapha stated this yesterday during the flagging off of the training under the NDE’s Sustainable Agricultural Development Training Scheme (SADTS).

He said the beneficiaries will undergo two weeks of theoretical training and 12 weeks practical internship at Pantami Cattle market.

“At the end of the training some of them will be selected and be given loan for them to start the business, while some of them will be linked with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to access an agricultural loan specifically earmarked for such kind of businesses,” he said.

Meanwhile, the NDE has disbursed N20, 000 and working tools as soft loan to each trained beneficiary of one of the skills acquisition programme of the directorate.

The coordinator said 50 youths were trained under Public Work Department on Environmental Beautification Scheme in landscaping, POP and interlock, out of which 12 were selected from the three senatorial districts of the state and presented with working tools and soft loan of N20, 000.

He added that the total cost of the tools and the soft loan was  N110, 000, which is to be paid back in three years.

“They are going to repay in three years, the first six months is a grace period during which they will find a space to operate and other take-off issues before they begin the production of the trade they learnt.’’

Source: Daily Trust

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