Ganduje builds largest skills center …Fights unemployment with N420m
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has disclosed that his administration has spent N420 million on training of youths with a view to making them self sustained.
He also said his administration has built Aliko Dangote Skills Acquisition Centre, which is the biggest in the country.
The governor made the disclosure at a graduation ceremony of 200 youths trained in automobile mechanic at Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN), Kaduna, held at Kano Government House yesterday.
The governor revealed that over N80 million was spent on working equipment presented to the youths, adding that the youths were given tools and equipment, while each of them was given the sum of N50,000 as a start-up capital.
Governor Ganduje explained that his administration has conducted a research in order to find out the gap in terms of manpower development, stressing that the philosophy behind the training and empowerment was to create employment opportunities and make the youths self reliant in the country.
For this, we are somehow vulnerable. To make our population an asset, we conducted a research to fill in the existing gap in terms of manpower development.
“My administration has set the target of 1,000 youths to be trained in automobile mechanic. We have so far trained more than 400 youths and all of them are gainfully employed.
“However, we have built a multi-billion Naira skills acquisition centre to be commissioned by President Buhari very soon,” the governor stated.
He further disclosed that his administration had trained over 500 tricycle mechanics and operators in modern vulcanisation and provided them with working equipment.
He added: “I will use this opportunity to call on the trainees to take this opportunity given to them very seriously. We have set up an evaluating team to be monitoring the service centres we have built to make sure they are working effectively and efficiently.”
In his remarks, the State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Alhaji Kabiru Ado Lakwaya, said that the Ganduje administration had made youth empowerment one of its cardinal objectives, with ‘Matasa Madogara’ programme as an example.
Ganduje builds largest skills center
He said: “To make this project relevant, the Ganduje administration has created the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
“The administration has also made education free and compulsory. The gesture is worth emulating. Governor Ganduje is the most youth-friendly governor in the country.”
In his opening remarks, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Automobile, Engr. Hassan Idris, said the ceremony was that of the third batch, as the administration had, in the first batch, trained 72 and in the second 150 youths. He stated: “Today, we are witnessing the graduation of 150 males and 50 females, who were trained in automobile mechanic.
“Few months ago, the Ganduje administration had trained 60 youths in heavy duty trucks maintenance and the youths were empowered upon their graduation.” He thanked the governor and all the stakeholders who contributed immensely for the success of the programme.
Meanwhile, earlier in the morning, Governor Ganduje has commissioned an Auto Service Centre his administration built at Tumfafi Ward in Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area of the state.
“This made the number of the centers to be 10 so far built to empower the youths by the present administration. “The centres were meant to absorb the youths upon graduation and improve efficient and effective services in automobile mechanic,” the governor said at the commissioning.