From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos
The Federal Government on Monday says it is targeting training of 800, 000 youths and women on vocational and Skill acquisition in Plateau State.
Mr Lawrence Kyuka, National Coordinator, Basic Skill Acquisition Training Program in Nigeria, disclosed during a 3-Day training program for youths and women in Pankshin Local Government of Plateau.
Kyuka disclosed that nine Local Governments have been selected for the program, which was being anchored by the Special Adviser (SA) to President Muhammadu Buhari on Youths and students Affairs, Hon. Nasir AdhaMA.
He gave the names of the LGAs to include, Shendam, Langtang North, Langtang South, Pankshin, Mangu, Bokkos, Jos North, Jos South and Riyom.
“The federal government is out to ensure that the teaming youths and women are empowered with skills to order to be self employed and employers of labour toward boosting the nation’s economy.
“There is provision of a soft loan for participants in the training on skills like farming, catering, soap and detergent production, photography, video production, New media, e-business among others.
“Each participant is entitled to a loan ranging between N100, 000 to One Million Naira to start his or her business, which we believe will reduce the rate of unemployment in the country, ’’ the Coordinator said.
Kyuka disclosed that after training the 700 trainees in Pankshin, “we shall move to Mangu LGA to kick start another one until we go through all the Nine designated Areas in the State.’’
Mrs Naomi Golmwen, Chairman, Pankshin Local Government, while declaring the training program opened, commended the federal government for the “well thought’’ initiative.
Gollmwn described the program as “a blessing’’ and “relief measure’’ to the teaming idle youths and women in the area, which believed would be given a sense of belonging in the society.
“Youths are the vanguard every society and if they have nothing doing they can’t contribute to the development of their communities and the nation at large.
“Such a laudable program designed by President Buhari led APC administration will go along way in checkmating crime and indolence in our youths and women and bring about the desired development in the country, ’’ She noted.
The charged the trainees/participants to maximize the opportunity to learn skills of their choices and be prudent in repaying the soft loans opened to them “so that you don’t being shame this local government.’’