Nigeria’s Senator Istifanus Gyang on Saturday commissioned 615 youths from Plateau State to raise alternative revenue sources for the country’s oil dependent economy.
The youths from 73 electoral wards of the Plateau North Senatorial District which he represents at the Nigerian Senate were trained in “post season farming and agro produce marketing skills” through the Federal College of Horticulture Gombe. They are expected to “boost agriculture, maximize profit and benefit from farm produce and labor”, said Gyang at the graduation ceremony in Barkin Ladi town, where he made cash donations to the beneficiaries as start-up capital.
“The future of Nigeria’s oil driven economy won’t last, hence the need to project and prioritize agriculture for the much needed diversification for the inevitable post oil era,” he said.
At the launch of the training, the Chairman of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State, Chris Hassan lauded Mr. Gyang for “positive impact and record performance”, describing him as a “credible representative”.
House of Representatives Member Representing Jos East/Jos South Federal Constituency, Dachung Musa Bagos, State House of Assembly Members, community leaders and stakeholders all commended Senator Gyang for “good and able representation” at the National Assembly.