*To become self-reliant *Empowers more than 200,000 youth in 3 years
By Garba Haruna Abdullahi
In his quest to improve the socio-economic development of youths in the state, Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has said that the state government has empowered over 200,000 youths within three and a-half years,
In a press statement issued by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Abba Anwar, Ganduje stressed that government would continue with its effort in the spirit of human development for the overall development of the state.
The governor revealed this at the official launching of the empowerment programme for 4,400 petty traders and flagging-off of two-day training for Agric-Business/Small and Medium Enterprises Investment Scheme (AGSMEIS), at Sani Abacha Stadium’s Indoor Sports Complex, Kofar Mata, Kano recently.
“These include the empowerment of 4,400 street hawkers and flagging-off of the federal government’s training of 45,000 beneficiaries of Agric-Business/Small and Medium Enterprises Investment Scheme, for which we are beginning with the first phase comprising of 5,000 participants.
“As you are aware, from the inception of this administration to date, we have engaged ourselves into multi-faceted actions in order to arrest and averse the unacceptable and repressible chronic youths unemployment in Kano and therefore, came up with an array of programmes aimed at challenging the problem in a passion,” he explained.
He said the relentless efforts of his government toward such endeavours, which have resulted in taking out 50,000 youths away from hopelessness and uncertainty associated with unemployment through the various initiatives the government introduced.
Other empowerment programmes as explained by the governor included, “ICT training and empowerment for youths, implementation of various skills acquisition and empowerment programmes for over 5,000 small business operators and unemployed youths across the state.”
The state government partners with government agencies and other non-governmental bodies, as being acknowledged by the governor that:, “The government of Kano state has also been in partnership with the federal government agencies such as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Bank of Industry (BoI), Industrial Training Fund (ITF), National Directorate of Donor Agencies to empower thousands more youths on various skills acquisition programmes.”
According to Ganduje, the state government is presently supporting 5,500 beneficiaries of Business-Based Training (BBT), drawn across the state with the sum of N20million as business plan fee, training fee and account opening. This, according to the governor, ”is done with a view to reducing the menace of unemployment in our state.”
As a strategy to also curb the menace of clashes between farmers and herders and as a way of empowering them, he said: “Sixty (60) young pastoralists will be trained on modern artificial insemination.”
For the street hawkers, the state governor disclosed that: “As part of our continuous efforts in that direction, today we are disbursing the sum of N20, 000 to each of the 4,400 street hawkers drawn from different points of the state capital where these energetic young men operate.”
In his presentation, the Commissioner for Local Government, Murtala Sule Garo commended the state governor for the empowerment programmes embarked upon by the government which included all the 44 local government of the state.
Garo observed that, “increasing poverty in the country calls for effective efforts toward such and similar strategies, as being popularised by the Kano state governor. This is in line with the concerted effort to drive our people away from poverty.”
Malam Muhammad Garba, Commissioner for Information, Youth and Culture, also commended the Governor for adding value to the lives of the teeming population in the state.
He also assured that the state government would continue to change people’s lives for the better, emphasizing: “Ours is to always make sure that both human and infrastructural development take centre stage in governance.”
In his remark, the representative of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Dr. Nasir Ladan said the federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari has been doing a lot in providing employment to the teeming Nigerian youths.