The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, has charged beneficiaries of the World Bank APPEALS Project to access the grants and develop viable investment plans for them to become employers of labour.Hamzat said this at the graduation ceremony of (APPEALS Project) for Women and Youth Empowerment Programme(WYEP), Batch I, in Lagos State, Southwest Noigeria.
He added that it was also their linkage to market with a vision to assisting 10,000 direct beneficiaries with anticipated 35 per cent women beneficiaries.
The beneficiaries were the first batch of the 1,620 shortlisted participants for the Small and Medium Scale Farmers and Improve value in addition to poultry, aquaculture and rice value chains in Lagos State.
The beneficiaries were trained in two locations, Lagos and Abeokuta, for three weeks.
Two hundred of them were trained in rice and poultry oroductions at the Agricultural Training Institute, Araga, Epe, while the remaining 150 were trained in aquaculture at the Aquatic Hub-Afrique Network, Abeokuta
The deputy governor said, “Being here today as a beneficiary of APPEALS project women and youth empowerment programme is a major feat after being selected out of the over 7,000 applicants for the available 1,700 slots.
I wish to congratulate all the beneficiaries for your involvement in this laudable project which is aimed at supporting the unemployed and the under employed.
I implore you all to access the grant element of the project by developing viable investment plans that will not just make you agro-prenuers but also make you employers of labour.”
Hamzat said that despite the relatively small land mass and some geographical limitations, Lagos accounts for over 60 per cent of industrial and commercial activities of the nation.
Hamzat also said the state government would always contribute its quota to all donor /World Bank Assisted Projects through regular payments of its counterpart contributions.
The deputy governor urged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the grants, while assuring them of the state government’s readiness to develop regulatory framework for farmers to thrive.