Lagos Begins Recruitment For The Lagos Agripreneurship Programme (LAP)

Lagos Agripreneurship Programme

The Lagos State Government has started the recruitment of eligible and interested candidates for Batches 4, 5, and 6 of the Lagos Agripreneurship Programme (LAP). This is in line with the Agriculture-based Youth Empowerment Scheme (Agric-YES).

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The recruitment process and modalities have been disclosed by the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya, and made public on Tuesday via the Lagos Government website.

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In Ms. Abisola’s words, “Following the training of a total of 400 participants under three batches of the Lagos Agripreneurship Programme; Lagos State will begin the recruitment and shortlisting of interested candidates for the Batches 4, 5 and 6 of the Program”.

Basically, Lagos Agripreneurship Programme is in furtherance of the State Government’s objective of training no fewer than 15,000 youths and women in various agricultural value chains by the year 2023. It is going to be a one-month training exercise; aimed at improving capacity, creating wealth, and employment in the agricultural value chains – poultry, piggery, aquaculture, and vegetables.

According to Ms. Olusanya, “the strategic inclusion of the Programme would efficiently reduce unemployment, create jobs and alleviate poverty in the State; as well as attract and pay more attention to the creation of jobs for women in agribusiness.

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Reason For The Lagos Agripreneurship Programme (LAP) Training

If Lagos will achieve a significant improvement in the state by 2021, there has to be a more strategic approach in training and empowering its people.

Olusanya noted, “The current reality and exigencies of job creation for the team youth population and attainment of food security requires that a more aggressive, strategic and efficient approach be employed in the training and empowerment of women and youth if Lagos State is to achieve a significant reduction of unemployment, create more jobs and wealth and also significantly enhance food security in the State by the Year 2021”.

The Commissioner further stated “the significance of the training would be the creation of 2000 Agro-Entrepreneurs. This set of people will, in turn, become job creators, promote food security, improve nutrition and general well-being of Lagosians, as well as create at least 4000 indirect jobs per beneficiary annually”.

Other expected impacts, will be the enhancement of the economic activities of the surrounding communities, reduction in the overall rate of unemployment, reduction in crime rate within the State, and promotion of the State’s target of producing at least 25% of the food consumed by residents before the end of 2025.

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Eligibility Criteria

The program is specifically tailored to;

  1. Men between the ages of 18 and 35 years and women between the ages of 18 and 55 years
  2. You must have a passion for agriculture.
  3. Have a minimum of Senior Secondary School Certificate
  4. Have good physical and health condition

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How To Apply

You can collect and submit the application forms free of charge between Tuesday, 24 November and Tuesday, 8 December at the following locations;

  1. The Agricultural Training Institute, Araga, Epe;
  2. Lagos State Agricultural Development Authority, Oko Oba, Agege;
  3. Lagos Agricultural Inputs Supply Authority, Odogunyan, Ikorodu;
  4. Coconut House, Mowo, Badagry and
  5. Ministry of Agriculture Area Office, Ajah, Eti-Osa
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Thereafter, there will be a written examination on Monday and Tuesday, 14 and 15 of December 2020, while oral interviews will take place on Friday and Saturday 18 and 19 December 2020

Please Note: Shortlisted successful candidates will start the formal training at the Agricultural Training Institute, Araga, Epe, on Tuesday, 5 of January 2021.

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Do you meet the requirements? Hurry now to pick the Lagos Agripreneurship Programme (LAP) form at the designated locations before December 8, 2020.

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