By Kudirat Ogunyemi
The Concern Youth Empowerment Association of Nigeria (CYEAN) has unveiled a new product of plantain flour used in baking cake and other pastries.
National President of the association, Mr Nobel Adaelu told our correspondent in Abuja on Friday that the method, if put into proper use, would generate more than 5,000 jobs.
Adaelu said the use of modern technology remained the only means through which youths would be attracted to the agriculture sector.
He said that plans were underway to use plantain to produce bread, chinchin and custard.
“We want to get the generality of Nigerian youths to embrace this innovation to create employment and contribute to the diversification of Nigeria’s economy,’’ he said.
According to him, the primary aim of the association is to cut down the high rate of food importation through indigenous technology and build the value of the naira.
Adaelu said the association was looking forward to collaborating with individuals, international organisations, and donor agencies to commercialise the method.
The national president said the association had not enjoyed any form of support in form of training, funds or technical support from the government.
He said it was high time for the government to start giving proper attention to the development programmes for youths.
Government at all levels should not wait until the youths were recruited into terrorism and militancy before engaging them in viable ventures.