From Mustapha Adamu Kano
Kano State Government has provided direct jobs and skills development opportunities for at least 50, 000 youth in the past three years, the state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has said.
In a statement by his Director General on Media and Publicity, Aminu Yassar, Ganduje also said his administration had initiated the Matasa Madogara programme towards achieving the goal of making youths more useful to the society, adding that it was one of the prioritized areas of his administration.
The statement added that Ganduje made the assertion during the closing of the first Kano Youth Summit held in the state, under the theme “Youth inclusiveness as a driver for sustainable growth and development”.
He pointed out that his administration earmarked N258 million for the construction of community skills and development centers at Kano Municipal and Dawakin Tofa local governments.
He added that the MAFITA, a DFID programme has provided the equipment and master craft persons for the centers, envisaged to start with 360 apprentices at the centers.
“The state government in collaboration with Mafita, a DFID programme, has provided skills acquisition training of over 5, 000 apprentices in different trades under the supervision of 655 master craft persons.
Similarly, phase II of the programme will recruit 3, 000 apprentices under the supervision of 900 master craft persons.
“Besides job creation, he stated that his administration has given priority attention to youth inclusiveness in decision making, in line with the guiding principles of the Universal Declaration for human rights.
“ He implore the youths to join hands, accept the changes and shun all forms of vices such as use of illicit drugs, violence as well as other criminal acts so as to be self-employed, responsible citizens and further leaders”, the governor charged,” the statement reads in parts “On the summit, Dr. Ganduje describe it as timely as it was aimed at creating a relevant platform for generating fresh perspectives and innovative ideas from the youth with a view to integrating them in the state’s development efforts.
“He therefore, charged the organizers to produce a report that will provide thematic insights on youth economic opinion so as to offer a robust and varied perspective for Kano state.”