In order to teach 16,000 Nigerian youths how to build wealth through agriculture, Ecobank Nigeria Limited announced a partnership with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture. Young Nigerians between the ages of 18 and 40 are the target audience for the program, which will include important areas of specialty like poultry, aquaculture, horticulture, and value addition.
Head, Public Sector and Agribusiness, Ayo Osolake, announced the training collaboration in Lagos and stated that the training is divided into parts and is intended for both digital and physical audiences. The first phase will last four weeks and will be strictly online while the second phase will be hybrid, entailing practical sessions and farm visits.
As a Pan-African institution, Ecobank, according to the speaker, “must continue to sow the seeds of growth in the communities where we operate, especially among young people who are the future of our country and in actual economy-impacting areas like Agriculture.
“In order to empower and provide young Nigerians with the necessary knowledge for success in agriculture, this is at the core of our relationship with IITA. Together, we are combining the full scope of our expertise. Our dedication to assisting young people in generating wealth is strong, and we are eager to collaborate with like-minded players in various industries to support the aspirations of our youth.
“The initiative is created to broaden Nigerians’ access to agricultural prospects, particularly in research, development, and wealth creation. Anyone thinking about a career in agriculture now is a perfect time to enroll in this program. All registrants’ abilities will be enhanced by the carefully designed structure and areas of specialty. Aspects of everything they must learn, both academic and practical, will be covered in the course. Given that we have similar ideals, it is a joy to engage with a prestigious organization like the IITA on this,” she said.
She noted that the training provides an opportunity to gain knowledge of new technologies along the value chain of interest, as well as opportunities to develop business skills and agribusiness management competencies. It also provides connections to financial resources, exposure to the creation of business plans, and loan application opportunities. She added that post-training support would be provided to strengthen start-up identity and market connections.
Only Ecobank account holders are permitted to attend the training, and they are urged to sign up using this link: https://forms.office.com/r/DNQmKRkw55 .
Anybody interested in taking advantage of the training can quickly open an Ecobank account by downloading the Xpresspoint App, signing up, or going to the Ecobank branch that is the closest to them.