The management of the National Youth Service Corps have given four corps member who emerged the overall winners of farmers for the future grant competition towards improving agric-business value chain among the youths.
Report has it that the corps members, who went away with a total sum of Six Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira cash prizes were among the ten finalists earlier selected out of over 20,000 entrants for the competition.
The overall winner, Chiamaka Mary Ikechukwu, promoter of NuceoAgro Services, went with three million naira, while Augustine Nwafor, promoter of Custonus Automative who emerged second position bagged the sum of Two Million Naira and Juwon Ibitomi, One Million Naira as third place cash prize winner.
Also, John Eduga, who emerged fourth position won the Special Award category with the sum of Five Hundred Thousand Naira, sponsored by Mr Steve Okeleji; one of the five Judges during the competition.
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The keenly contested grand finale display the skills of young agro-entrepreneurs in the ground-breaking initiative of NYSC/BATNF partnership.
The competition basically focus at promoting agro-entrepreneurial training, where Corps Members who emerge victorious from the competitive process, undergo training and mentoring in big farm establishments, before being empowered with money, land, agricultural inputs and services.
As reported by the Executive Director, British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation (BATNF), Ms Abimbola Okoya, the competition is expected to motivate self-employment through agro-allied ventures.
She said BATNF has contributed tremendously to Nigeria’s sustainable development agenda, especially in the areas of poverty reduction and improvement in the quality of life of Nigerians living in the rural areas.
Okoya also indicate that as an ex-Corps Member of the NYSC Scheme, the Corps had prepared her adequately for the role she is playing today in the Foundation.
She commended the NYSC management for always supporting the youths to translate ideas into money because agriculture is the key and it’s very stable
The NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim in his keynote address at the virtual pitch ceremony appreciate the relevance of the initiative by BATNF which motivate youth productivity and self employment through agriculture.
He added that it would also ensure food security, create wealth and develop the economy.
The DG said, “BATNF has etched it’s footprints in the annals of Nigeria’s history as one of the best in youth engagement and development. NYSC is exceedingly happy to collaborate with the BATNF in this ground-breaking initiative”,
In addition, the director general urged, the prize winners to make use of the experiences gather from the competition to provide good entrepreneurial leadership for their colleagues and participants in subsequent editions of the competition.
Ibrahim, advised the winners of the competition to remain good ambassadors of the NYSC scheme, he encourage them by saying, they are the leaders of tomorrow and tomorrow begins now for all of you.
The Director-General also pledged the commitment of the NYSC to collaborate and nurture the initiative to optimal growth and sustainability.
Source: NYSC HQ Nigeria@officialnyscng