Protein Professionals Undergo Training to Boost Nigeria’s Agric Sector
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
A workforce training for early-to-mid-career protein professionals designed to equip them with the skills and knowledge necessary to drive innovation and growth in Nigeria’s agricultural sector has been organised by the Soy Excellence Centre (SEC), a US Soybean Export Council (USSEC) initiative, in partnership with the Industrial Training Fund.
The collaboration between both parties, funded in part by the United Soybean Board, marks a significant milestone in the SEC’s efforts to expand its training curriculum to current and potential trainees throughout Nigeria across the Agri Training Centres.
By working together, the SEC and the Industrial Training Fund aim to provide essential training and education to professionals in the protein industry, equipping them with the skills and knowledge necessary to drive innovation and growth in Nigeria’s agricultural sector while supporting the needs of protein enterprises to access world-class curricula.
“USSEC’s Soy Excellence Centre programming leverages the knowledge of the US Soy industry. We are proud to collaborate with the ITF of Nigeria and industry to help advance the Nigerian protein industry, delivering a world-class training curriculum to empower trainees with relevant skills and help promote local economic growth,” the chief executive of USSEC, Mr Jim Sutter, said.
“The Soy Excellence Centre’s commitment to excellence in training and development, coupled with the support of our partners, signals its dedication to driving sustainable growth and prosperity in Nigeria.
“Through collaborative efforts and the implementation of comprehensive training programs, we envision a future where skilled protein professionals contribute significantly to ensure the country’s economic development,” the Country Team Lead for Nigeria at USSEC, Mr Michael David, stated.
On her part, the Director-General of ITF, Mrs Lami Dakwak, stated that, “This strategic partnership between ITF and USSEC in a curriculum-based skills training program through its Soy Excellence Centre allows us to access world-class learning platforms and resources.
“The focus on soybean farming, poultry, and aquaculture helps us address food security issues, promote good nutrition, and prepare our people to take on the challenges of trade and commerce.
“This partnership also delivers solutions to balance Nigeria’s current job creation, employability, and empowerment needs for Nigerian youths while building capacity in the agricultural and protein value chain. This partnership is vital to our vision of a vibrant and rising Nigeria.”