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Ecobank Partners IITA to Empower 16,000 Youths in Agriculture

By Dare Akogun
Ecobank Nigeria Limited has revealed that it has entered into a partnership with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, IITA, to train and provide support services to about 16,000 Nigerian youths on wealth creation through agriculture.
The bank said in a statement that the training was targeted at young Nigerians between the ages of 18 and 40 and would cover key areas of specialization including poultry, aquaculture, horticulture, and value addition.
Announcing the partnership, the bank’s Head of                                                                                                                   Public Sector and Agric Business, Ms. Ayo Osolake, said the training was designed for digital and physical audiences and structured into phases.
According to her, “the first phase will last four weeks and will be strictly online while the second phase will be hybrid, entailing practical sessions and farm visits.
“Ecobank as a Pan-African institution, it is important for us to continue to sow the seeds of growth in the communities where we operate, especially among young people who are the future of our nation and in real economy-impacting sectors like agriculture. This is at the heart of our partnership with IITA, where we are combining the full scale of our expertise to empower and equip young Nigerians with the prerequisite knowledge for success in agriculture.
“Our commitment to helping young people create wealth is unwavering, and we are keen on working with similar-minded stakeholders in other sectors to help nurture the dreams of our youths,” she said.
Osolake explained that the programme was designed to expand the frontiers of agricultural opportunities for Nigerians, especially in research, development, and wealth creation.
“Now is a great time for anyone considering a future in agriculture to be a part of this training. The structure and areas of specialisation have been carefully chosen to boost the capabilities of all attendees.
“The training will also cover both theoretical and practical aspects of everything they need to learn. It is a pleasure to work with a foremost institution like the IITA for this, seeing that we share similar values,” she added.
She noted that the training would offer an opportunity to learn new technologies along the focus value chain, build business skills and competencies in agribusiness management, mentoring, and coaching opportunities, linkages to finance, exposure to business plan development, and loan application.
She added that there would also be post-training support to improve start-up identity and market linkages.

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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