Sunday, 24 July 2022

IFAD/LIFE-ND Project to create 4250 Jobs in Cross River, Set to Graduate First Batch

In a bid to reduce the poverty index through job creation, income generation and food security the Project National Coordinator of International Fund for Agricultural Development, (IFAD) assisted Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises for Niger Delta (LIFE-ND) has disclosed that the project is poised to create 4250 jobs in Cross River State within six years. 

Abiodun disclosed this while addressing participants at an Interactive Session held on the 22nd of July, 2022 at Jorany Hotel, Calabar. The session which was for LGA Desk Officers, Incubators and Incubatees address major concerns affecting project implementation in the State. 

Speaking with our correspondent shortly after the event, Abiodun said the positive responses and feedback from beneficiaries of the Project is an indication that the Project is touching lives.

"The session had been wonderful and the feedback gotten is an indication that the project is touching lives, the State Project Coordinating Office and the State government have been very supportive. They contributed to the overall success of the project. The major takeaway here is that the youths of Cross River State are ready to take their destiny into their hands and ensure its fulfilment. The youths have demonstrated great capacity through their interest, zeal and willingness to engage in profitable agribusiness. They are resourceful and believed that agriculture is the way to go." He said.

Mr Innocent M. Ogbin, the State Project Coordinator, Cross River State Project Coordinating Office disclosed that the Project is set to graduate the existing batch of incubatees to pave way for others, noting that about 900 more incubatees have been shortlisted for enrollment. He pointed out that,
The IFAD-assisted Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises for the Niger Delta Project has a target of creating 4250 jobs for Cross Riverians within 6 years. 

He, therefore, admonished Cross Riverians to take advantage of the opportunity to become agri-preneur as a mechanism for job and wealth creation. 

Some of the beneficiaries who spoke expressed satisfaction with the Project stating, that it had strengthened and improved their knowledge and skills in the different choices of businesses as well as empowered them with a sustainable source of livelihood. 

Mrs Irene, a poultry farmer in Nsan said she was grateful to be selected among incubatees in the mentorship phase, noting that she had learned much from her incubator and is currently on her farm which is doing well.  According to her words, "I have learned much and,  applying the knowledge and skills gained at the incubation centre to proficiently manage my poultry farm profitably. I am grateful and would forever appreciate IFAD/LIFE-ND Project for the opportunity to my own master's"

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In like manner, Mr Nathaniel Nkor,  rice value chain incubator, Natbridge Nigeria, Ntara 2 said he is proud and happy to be identified with the IFAD/LIFE-ND Project for the opportunity to be a vehicle to impart relevant knowledge and skills to the incubatees which had positioned and equipped them economically and technically in the business of rice production. He noted that these had stemmed from restiveness and social vices in the community. That the intervention by LIFE-ND inculcated the spirit of independence, dexterity, hard work and focus on the beneficiaries. He emphasized that they contribute positively to adding value to the community and State economy. Noting that the facilitation of training, provision of working capital, seed capital, service charge and payment of stipend to the five incubatees had repositioned them for greatness as each of them now owns two hectares of rice farm.

Implementation of  Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises LIFE-ND Project in Cross River State started in September 2020. The Project is working in 100 communities of 10 LGAs. Currently, over 50 incubators and 250 incubatees are at various levels of apprenticeship and mentorship training. 

The Project is responding to the limited readily available options for the "disadvantaged" (youth and women) in the rural and suburban communities through improvement of their means of livelihood either in On-Farm or Off-Farm business activities as a mechanism for job and wealth creation among unemployed and underemployed youth and women-headed households. The creation of over 4250 jobs in Cross River State within 6 years had commenced as LIFE-ND Project is set to graduate the first batch of 125 incubatees and enrolled another set of 125 in the various incubation centres. Meanwhile, another 650 beneficiaries have been identified and shortlisted for enrollment into the quick-win programme.

About 650 quick-win beneficiaries have been identified and validated and, subsequently in the process of being trained.  The Project shall fully fund and equip successful incubatees after graduation as agripreneurs.

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