Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajiya Maryam Yalwaji Katagun has inaugurated Mechatronics Workshop in Kano …..
Trade minister inaugurates mechatronics workshop in Kano
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajiya Maryam Yalwaji Katagun has inaugurated Mechatronics Workshop and Administrative Block ISTC, Dorayi in Kano metropolis.
The intention of the project was to curtail poverty and the ministry is one of the drivers of the campaign.
“The programme is one of the Buhari administration’s cardinal objectives,” the minister said.
Katagun said: “We have identified some programme that will have direct positive impact on Nigerians especially in the area of poverty reduction. I believe, we can collectively work to tackle the menace of unemployment in the country through such programmes.”
The Director-General/Chief Executive of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Joseph N. Ari, said the city of Kano and the ITF have a rich history together, as Kano was among the first states, where the ITF established its presence in the North.
He added that the incumbent management took the decision for the ITF to expand its infrastructure to ease access to the fund’s services in collaboration with the Federal Government’s policy on job and wealth creation.
Speaking, the state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said that youth empowerment was one of the cardinal policies of his administration.
Ganduje said: “We have just graduated the third batch of our youth trained in automobile at Peugot Automobile Comapny, Kaduna. Our target is to train one thousand youth and empowere them.
“My administration has built a multi-billion skills acquisition centre, which will soon to be commissioned by the president. The centre has 20 different departments. And the youth will be empowered upon graduation.”
Earlier, the minister had paid a courtesy visit to the governor at Government House, expressing the ministry’s willingness to synergize with the state government in providing technical skills to youth.
Katagun said the ministry had submitted its economic proposal to the Federal Executive Council, saying that the issue of the establishment of agro-processing zone as well as agro industry in each senatorial zones, took much of the discussion.
Governor Ganduje appreciated the minister and the Federal Government for the move, saying it would surely help in providing job opportunities for especially the youths.
Ganduje said: “With President’s new undertaking to improve the industrial development of this country, especially through the development of agriculture to make the sector a commercial industry, there is an opportunity for more industries to spring up here in Kano.
“Now our farmers are farming at a more profitable rate as importation, as banning has been place rice importation. Farmers have been motivated to motivate more and more.”