What Leventis Foundation Nigeria Ltd spend on providing agricultural training for Nigerian youths yearly in their six agriculture schools across the country is within the region of N400 to N600 million, the Executive Director (ED), Hope Ovia Usieta, has revealed.
Usieta, who disclosed this while speaking to LEADERSHIP at the foundation’s head office in Abuja on Tuesday, said “the foundation spends between N70 to N100 million on each of the six schools in the country each session which span one year, from January to December.
“There seems to be a growing interest among youths in our agricultural programmes now which can be attested to by the unprecedented increase in number of applicants that came for our last intake examination, and we need more resources and logistics to expand our facilities to accommodate the teaming youth in our training programmes.”
The Executive Director, who expressed appreciation to those states and the FCT who are partnering the foundation and hosting the agricultural schools said the foundation, regretted that the programme has not gotten enough attention, let alone support, from the federal government.
“What we need from the government is support to be able to expand in facilities and logistics to train more in the interest of agriculture and food security in the country. Even after training the beneficiaries, which we do at no cost to them, we provide them with start-up capital and monitor them to ensure that they practise what they have learnt in agriculture,” he said
The Executive Director who noted that the foundation will continue provide the training with the the limited resources at its disposal said “For example our school in Yaba area of the FCT has no grid supply of electricity, though connections have been in place since. And power is needed in almost all aspects of our operations. The school community only depends on generators for their borehole water and other needs.”