The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and /Leventis Center for Integrated Agricultural Development and Training have entered into partnership to improve agro-allied businesses, especially training of Nigerians on agricultural practices.
Speaking when he visited the Leventis Foundation Centre today, March 8, at Yaba in Abaji Area Council, the minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello said: “we will work with you closely because what you are doing here is great and it is going to be the foundation of what we all stand for, especially our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, who always says we have to eat what we grow and we have to grow what we eat”.
The minister said that Nigeria is now self-sufficient in a number of grains and have potential also to be self-sufficient in so many things, adding: “you have enough facilities to be able to provide fruits and vegetables for the entire Abuja city.”
He commended the passion of the Chairman, Leventis Nigeria, Ahmed Mantey, for the improvement of the training center, even as he stressed that the need for the school to enroll more students.
“The school was established to teach and develop our youth, men and women from all the six Area Councils and indeed across Nigeria. So, I think we have to think of tripling the number of people we have here because there are so many people who need the support.”
The Chairman, Ahmed Manteh, said that the Leventis Foundation will continue to work to promote sustainability in agriculture and food production in Nigeria and beyond through training, offered by the Foundation, on sustainable agriculture.
“Our approach has been to attract youth into agriculture and equip them with the necessary skills for producing food and for earning sustainable livelihood.”
Mantey assured the Minister of the Foundation’s dedication to providing quality training in agricultural businesses for people in the FCT while also commending him for exemplary leadership as demonstrated by the rehabilitation of the bridge at Ashara Wako and the road improvement works as well as ensuring that the counterpart funds that are due to the training institute were duly paid.