Katsina Govt trains 60 journalist on poultry, fishery, bee-keeping
By Bashir Bello
KATSINA – NOT fewer than sixty journalist from the Nigeria Union of Journalist, NUJ, Katsina State Council have been trained in Poultry, Fishery and Bee-keeping farming by the Katsina State government.
Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State while declaring open the 3-day training organized for the journalist by the government through it State Economic Empowerment Directorate, KASEED, said the training was to provide the journalist with a window of sustainable means of livelihood after active year of service.
The Governor represented by his Special Adviser on Economic Empowerment, Abdulkadir Mamman Nasir said the journalist will also be trained on entrepreneurship development after the training to become businessmen and women using the skills acquired from the training.
According to him, “Poultry, Fishery and Bee-keeping are cardinal aspect of Agriculture development and economic empowerment that if well harnessed can provide not only means of livelihood to the operator of the business but has chain of effects on the economy of the people that lives around.
“The training is to provide a window of sustainable livelihood for the journalist after active year of service in Journalism.
“The sixty of the journalist will also be trained in Entrepreneurship development to turn them to business men and women using the skills they acquired from the training.
“After the entrepreneurship training, we are going to subject you to submit a business proposal after which all those who score 40% and above will be provided with window of funding opportunity by the state government to start the business.
“We would like to see Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Bank of Agriculture, BOI, State Ministry of Agriculture to be part of the training because the training will be further driven by funding,” Governor Masari said.
Earlier, the Director, Business Development, KASEED, Abdulrahman Abdu said the journalist are expected at the end of the training to spread the message across as agent or medium for awareness creation while urging them to also put into practice skills acquired from the training.
Abdu said it selected the journalist to help it propel, amplify and spread the message across the world on the three aspect of poultry, fishery and bee-keeping which can turn the lives of the people around for good with little capitals.
The State Chairman, NUJ Katsina State Council, Buhari Mamman Daura assured to judiciously put to use skills acquired from the training.
Represented by the Secretary, Tukur Dan-Ali, the Chairman described the training as first of it kind for Journalist in the state while commending the state government and organizers for deeming it fit to consider the journalist in the empowerment programmes.