Gov. Jonah Jang
Gov. Jonah Jang

JOS – The Plateau Government has launched its National School Agriculture Programme (NSAP) to build technical skills in students interested in agriculture.
It will be recalled that the Federal Government had earlier launched the same programme in October 2014 with Plateau as one of the pilot states.
Flagging-off the programme in Jos, Gov. Jonah Jang said it would equip the students with more robust and scientific method of agriculture.
Represented by his Education Commissioner, Dr Paul Wai, he said that the cumbersome traditional system of agriculture was fast giving way and that the younger generation should be inculcated with new methods of doing things.
The governor applauded the determination of President Jonathan at ensuring that agriculture was given a new face in the country.
He further commended the Federal government for choosing Plateau among the twelve states that would be used for the pilot scheme.
“President Goodluck Jonathan has a big vision for this country, especially when it comes to agriculture.
“His vision is crystal clear owing to the various programmes that are being initiated with the sole aim of revamping and restrategising the agric sector for the good of all Nigerians.
“For us on the Plateau, we have long before now embraced this initiative because I believe so much in agriculture and that is why it is one of the cardinal agenda of my administration,“ he said.
The governor called on the various schools, teachers, parents, relevant agencies and groups to key into the programme with a view to making agriculture one of the major sources of revenue for the country.
Earlier, Mrs Serah Garba of the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) of NSAP in Plateau thanked Governor Jang for ensuring that the programme was being expeditiously launched in the state.
She explained that prior to the flag off, the state had already kicked-off the programme in three secondary schools with one sited in each of the three senatorial zones.
According to her, the schools are Government Science School in Kuru, Government Girls Secondary School in Shendam and Government Secondary School in Mangu.
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