By Etuka Sunday
Africa `s foremost entrepreneur and philanthropist, Aliko Dangote, says his company-Dangote Group, is set to provide expertise for the Multi-Billion Million Naira skills acquisition Centre, recently built by the Administration of Governor Umar Abdullahi Ganduje in Kano State.
Speaking, after paying an unscheduled visit to the Center, the philanthropist, used the occasion to roll out several specific supports which the Dangote Group, intends rendering for it smooth take –off.
Inspecting the world class training equipment installed at the Centre, named after him by the Kano State Government, the entrepreneur hinted that his company will provide experienced Expatriate, to manage the Centre.
He disclosed that his support to the Centre was borne out of the need to complement the initiative of the Ganduje administration geared at bridging skills `gap in the country, as well as addressing the mounting incidence of unemployment among Nigerian youths.
Dangote, who exhibited visible joy seeing the several world -class training equipment, recently imported from Britain by the Kano State Government, installed at the Centre, promised to give all necessary support required to make the Centre achieved it desired objective, one of which is to enhance the livelihood of Nigerians.
“I am indeed highly impressed by what I have seen here today, I am talking about the modern training tools put in place here by your administration. It is a known fact that skills’ acquisition is a critical tool for employment, self-reliance and growth of the economy anywhere in the World;
“It is consequent upon this, I wish to announce that the Dangote Group would be supporting this project with the hiring of an experienced expatriate to head the Center, to set the pace for its sustainability, in order to actualize its employability of the youth, and create avenue for them to be self-reliant.
“The Dangote Group would fully fund the cost of hiring the Expatriate to be employed, this is being done as a way of setting high standard for the Centre, which will enable it compete favourably with other similar centers in the African Continent”, Dangote said.