Nigeria, NGO to Train 200,000 Youths on Empowerment Skills
The National Coordinator of Advance Youth and Community Initiative (ÀYCIN), Abubakar Ahmed, on Wednesday disclosed that the Nigerian Government is in collaboration to train no fewer than 200,000 youths and women on diverse empowerment skills. He made this known at the flag off of three-day training for 5,000 youths and women in Bauchi.
Ahmed said that the participants were drawn from the 20 local government areas of the state. According to him, the organisation has already trained 1,500 youths and women out of the figures, in Jigawa, Nasarawa and Yobe. He said that 5,000 youths and women in each of the 36 states of the federation and the FCT would benefit from the programme.
Ahmed said “The organisation is working, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, to actualise the programme. The beneficiaries will be linked to financial institutions to enable them to obtain loans for establishment businesses.’’
He added that the beneficiaries, including the Internationally Displaced Persons (IDPs), would be trained on fishery, poultry and entrepreneurship to enable them to become self-reliant.
Also, the Permanent Secretary, Bauchi State Ministry of Social Welfare, Youths and Sports Development, Mrs Lydia Shehu described the programme as a “welcome development’’.
Shehu said that the selected ventures were affordable in terms of financing, land acquisition and ready markets for the end products. She said that the state government had trained youths and women, whom she described as “vulnerable”, in various skills acquisition in the state.
The permanent secretary called on the beneficiaries to effectively utilise the loans that would be granted them. She said that the state government had also packaged various empowerment programmes for youths and women in the 2019 budget.
Also, the Vice-Chancellor, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi, Prof Saminu Ibrahim, at the occasion, described the programme as “laudable’’.
Ibrahim, represented by the Dean, Faculty of Sciences, ATBU, Prof. Adamu Samaila, said the programme would trigger industrial development, if proper implemented. He called for the initiation of either interest free loans or soft loans for the participants to enable the beneficiaries to set up businesses.
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