SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY, THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR, KANO STATE, ENGR. (DR) RABIU MUSA KWANKWASO AT THE GRADUATION CEREMONIES OF THE ELEVENTH (11TH ) BATCH OF TRAINEES OF POULTRY INSTITUTE, TUKUI, SEVENTH (7TH ) BATCH OF TRAINEES OF LIVESTOCK INSITUTE, BAGAUDA, FOURTH (4TH ) BATCH OF TRAINEES OF FISHERIES INSTITUTE, BAGAUDA AND FIRST (1ST ) BATCH OF TRAINEES OF HORTICULTURE INSTITUTE, BAGAUDA AS WELL AS KNAPSACK SPRAYER TRAINING OF ONE HUNDRED (100) NO.YOUTHS, SPONSORED BY THE MINISTRY OF AGRCICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES IN COLLABORATION WITH SPRING FIELDS COMPANY LTD, ON TUESDAY, 22ND OF JULY, 2014 AT THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE, KANO.
I am highly delighted to be in your midst today on the occasion of the graduation ceremonies of the eleventh(11th ) batch comprising of five hundred (500) trainees of Poultry Institute, Tukui, Seventh (7th ) batch also comprising of one hundred and thirty two (132) trainees of livestock, fourth (4th ) batch of four hundred (400) trainees of fisheries and first (1st ) batch of two hundred and seventy five (275) trainees of Horticulture Training Institute, Bagauda, as well as Knapsack Sprayer Training of one hundred(100) no. youths respectively.
As Nigeria’s most populous and second
vibrant economic and industrial centre, Kano State also prides itself as a
major agricultural centre and believed to have the potential of becoming the
food basket of the nation as well as the whole of the West
African region. The State has fertile arable soil, active and industrial population and highly reasonable number of water bodies(dams) with irrigation facilities to match, this is in addition to the Government’s conscious and deliberate efforts to promote agriculture in its ramifications, so as to enhance food production, livestock rearing and fish farming among others.
Accordingly, it is imperative at this juncture to note that, Agriculture remains the economic foundation of the State, as it provide employment opportunities to over seventy percent (70%) of the total population who directly engage in production and agro-allied related activities. It could also be recalled that, since the inception of this administration, precisely three years, and seven weeks, Government has found it convincing all along, on the need to prioritize agricultural development in order to reduce or minimize the impact of poverty among our teeming population, increment of revenue generation as well as ensuring food security of the State.
Distinguished guests, ladies and
gentlemen, you may wish to recall that, the present administration had
established a total number of twenty-four (24) skills acquisition training
institutes out of which seven are agriculturally related to which six (6) of
them i.e (Poultry, Livestock, Fisheries of both aquaculture and artisanal, Farm
Mechanization and Horticulture) have already taken off and successfully trained
a graduated figure of over nine thousand, one hundred and twenty (9,120)
trainees to date. While the remaining only institute i.e.(Irrigation), which is
yet to commence training has been scheduled to take-off soonest. In the same
token, a total sum of over two billion Naira has been expended on the training
and post training packages as well as provision of infrastructural facilities
in the above named institutions.
In pursuant to the above therefore, Government resolved and approved to support the aforementioned graduated trainees with the following post training packages:
A. Poultry Training Institute, Tukui, where each of the Five hundred (500) graduated trainees will have the following items worth Seventy Six Thousand, Eight Hundred and Ninety Naira (N76,890.00) only as Post Training Package:
C. Fisheries Training Institute, Bagauda, where each of the Four hundred
This is a collaboration between the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Kano State and Spring Fields Limited, where each of the One hundred (100) graduated trainees will have the following items worth Fourty-Three Thousand, Four Hundred and Fifty Naira, (N43, 450) only, as Post Training Package:
Subsequently, Government has further recorded the following major achievements in the agricultural sector:
extension training (both at the state and local government levels) and the ability to face current challenges in agricultural transformation in the state.
educate the general public on wildlife. It also helps in stabilizing the ecosystem better respectively.
Conclusively, let me use this opportunity to call on the graduants to equally reciprocate this gesture by being up and making, so as to ensure the full transformation of the sector. The trainings you received have got all it takes to prepare you to effectively and consciously pursue your individual carrier in the agricultural enterprises.
Finally, I wish to congratulate the graduants of these laudable and important programmes and call upon them to make the best use of what they learnt and become determined to further develop and promote the businesses of the said agricultural occupations in the entire State.