*As law establishing centre underway
By Garba Haruna Abdullahi
In his effort to ensure a solid foundation for good management and sustainability of the about-to-be-commissioned Kano Ultra-Modern Skills Acquisition Centre located at Gurjiya in Dawakin Kudu Local Government, Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to come to Kano and commission the giant edifice.
He said: “It is on this note that I want to disclose to you that a law will be established for the centre so as to have an effective and efficient management of the world-class facility.”
He made the disclosure during an inspection visit to the centre, recently.
He said the centre was deliberately designed to cater for the teeming unemployed youths in the state, saying government wants its youths to become assets, not liabilities.
“There will be a law that will look into the management of the centre. We want to have a well-disciplined organisation. With good remunerations for staff and their welfare, it is not going to be business as usual,” he explained.
He added that his government wants to see that those trained in the centre go to places, even outside Kano to display their skills to earn good living, emphasising that, “…this is a significant project; the best in the country as far as skills acquisition facilities are concerned.”
It could be recalled that the centre’s foundation was laid by the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo some months back, with a view to having training machines for over 23 different kinds of trades ranging from carpentry, plumbing, shoemaking, catering services, tailoring and car repairs, among others.
Kano State spent over N4billion to build the structure and procure the machines. All the machines were exported from the United Kingdom and have since been on the ground at the centre.
“As you can see by yourselves, over 50 per cent of the machines have been installed. A dream has come true. Mine is just to request our youths to come forth and get trained so as to live a good life and help others and the society at large,” Ganduje projected.
He said very soon the centre will take-off, which President Buhari would bless by commissioning it, saying his administration places greater emphasis on human development.
The centre will train Kano youth free of charge but will charge other people coming from other states for training.
“Since from inception, we informed the consultant the kind of edifice we wanted. and that is why you can see that the design of the building suits the environment and for the installation of all types of machines we will be using,” concluded Ganduje.