From Ado Abubakar Musa Jos
Training of youth and women in Nigeria on various vocational skills was said to be a top priority of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
Mr. Lawrence Kyuka, the National Coordinator Basic Skill Acquisition and Vocational Training Programme in Nigeria, disclosed this yesterday in a chat with newsmen in Jos.
Kyuka explained that the training was being done and surpervised by the Office of the Special Adviser (SA) to President Muhammadu Buhari on Youths and Students Affairs, Mr. Nasir Adhama.
According to him, the training was to be conducted in selected local governments in select states in the six geo-political zones in conjunction with some philanthropists and corporate bodies who so desire to touch the lives of Nigerian youths and women.
“We had our training here on the Plateau last year when we took 9 of the 17 LGAs and trained 800, 000 youths and women in different skills.
“Some states that have benefitted include Benue, Kaduna, Taraba, Niger, Imo, Abia, Ebonyi, Nassawa, Kogi among others including the south-west states.
“So far, we have gone round over 20 states with these training programmes all aimed at making the teaming youths and women self-reliant in the face of high rate of unemployment in the country.
“Just last month in we conducted another training programme sponsored by a Diaspora returnee and a Medical Doctor, Dr Alex Nnabue, who sponsored the training of 800 youths and women in Imo State on various vocational skills,” he stated.
He said that the returnee, who is an APC stalwart joint hands with the Basic Skills office to touch the lives of the people of his Isu/Nwangele/Mgwere/Njaba Federal Constituency.
According him, Nnabue sponsored the training programme out of his concern to the pligths of the people within that constituency.
He said that the participants were all given a soft loans at the end of the training to enable them start their own business.
Nkyuka said that the returnee did it out of the belief that it would go a long way at given hope to his people and equal help in reducing the high rate of unemployment in the state.
The National Coordinator, said that the youths and women were being trained on livestocks and other farming business as well as how to make beads, wire works, soap/detergent, New Media & Website Design, video production and photography among others.
“It is the desire of Buhari’s administration to give the youths and women a sense of belonging in terms of economic empowerment and provision of social amenities to improve their standard of living.
“This skills acquisition programme we believe would go a long way at
making the trainees employers of labour after acquiring the necessary
skills of their choice,” he said.
On disbursement of funds to the trainees, Kyuka disclosed said, “we
hope to finish with he south West states by May and there after begin
the disbursement of funds simultaneously to all the affected states.’’
He urged well to do Nigerians, philanthropists and corporate
organisations to emulate Dr Alex Nnabue by giving back to the society
as God had so blessed them.