The Zamfara Central Youth Development Forum, ZCYDF, on Wednesday expressed dissatisfaction over the ongoing 7,000 youth agribusiness training conducted by the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency, SMEDAN, in collaboration with Zamfara State government and Enterprises Development Academy, EDA, calling on SMEDAN to suspend the programme immediately.
This was contained in a statement by the forum’s chairman, Malam Abba Muhammad, which was made available to newsmen in Gusau, the state capital.
The group alleged that the exercise was full of malpractices and bias through which the initial targets were not fully involved but served the personal interest of few self-centred individuals in the state.
The statement alleged that the entire exercise was selfishly manipulated by politicians, which gave only benefited their relatives and close friends.
“The exercise has negatively become hard to reach for the common man. It appears a power battle platform against the initial aim of training and empowering unemployed graduates in agric business as planned by President Muhammadu Buhari,” the statement has challenged.
It further drew the attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Ministry of Agriculture, and civil organisations to as a matter of urgency salvage the teeming graduates of Zamfara State from the “few politicians in the state.”

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