By Muhammad Nasir Bashir
Dutse, Feb. 10, 2019 (NAN) The Jigawa State Government in collaboration with the Department for International Development (DFID) has trained 60 youths in Mobile Veterinary Services (MVCs).

Alhaji Muhammad Mujaddiadi, the Special Assistant on Empowerment to Gov. Alhaji Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse on Sunday.

Mujaddiadi said the training conducted between February 4 and February 8, had two beneficiaries drawn from each of the 30 constituencies of the state.

“The training, which is an initiative of PropCom Mai-karfi, an innovative, market-driven programme was funded by the United Kingdom’s DFID, aimed at reducing poverty through agriculture in Nigeria,” mujaddiadi said.

He explained that starter tools worth N22,422,000 were distributed to the beneficiaries at the end of the training.

The aide listed the items to include 60 motorcycles, protective equipment, as well as basic and minor surgery kits.

According to him, the trainers are certified Veterinarians duly registered by the Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN).

Mujaddiadi added that each beneficiary was registered by the council at the cost of N24, 200, adding the Jigawa government paid 50 per cent of the registration fee, while the DFID paid the remaining 50 per cent.

He further reiterated the resolve of the state government to create more jobs for youths, with a view to empowering them.

Mujaddiadi added that the gesture was also aimed at alleviating poverty among the less-privileged in the state.

He further expressed hope that the programme would serve as a good take-off point to creating source of livelihood for the beneficiaries.

“It is our hope that the beneficiaries will become employers of labour, leaders of economic growth and development of the society.

“We also urge them to justify the huge investment made on them by using the skills they have acquired and the tools judiciously,” he added.

Mujaddiadi also revealed that the Registrar of Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN) Dr. Josiah Kantiyok, would soon be visiting the state to present the Certificates to the beneficiaries.

He gave the assurance that the state government would continue to initiate policies and programmes that would uplift the youths. (NAN)
Edited by Chioma Ugboma/Felix Ajide