The Ethiopian Ambassador to Nigeria, Samia Zekaria, paid an official visit to the office of the IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) in Ibadan on 12 May to gain better understanding of the ENABLE Youth Program. The ENABLE Youth Program is a collaborative initiative between IITA and the African Development Bank (AfDB) that seeks to empower youths through agribusiness. Ms Zekaria who was accompanied by the embassy’s counsellor II, Alemu Gesuma was received by IITA’s Head of Partnership Coordination Office, Dr Alfred Dixon; and Dr Melaku Gedil, Head of the Bioscience unit. During the interactive session at the Agriserve building, Dr Dixon gave insights into the ENABLE Youth program and how the country could benefit from the opportunities available in engaging youth in agriculture.
Ms Zekaria noted that Ethiopia has keen interest in participating in the ENABLE Youth Program and expressed pleasure over the number of young women meaningfully engaged in agribusiness in IYA. “I see a lot of women and I am very impressed. It is very good to see so many young women engaged on this platform. This is an interesting project to boost agriculture. Africa has a large youth population but a problem with youth unemployment. We have the resources and the manpower. It is a matter of putting the resources together. This is a good project. It makes the youth self-sufficient. We will take your message back home,” she stated. The Ambassador also conducted a tour round the IYA facility.