Katsina Earmarks N203m For Youth Development

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Aminu Masari

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Katsina State Government says it has spent N203 million to purchase some equipment to enable more than 500 youths to establish small-scale businesses after their skills acquisition programme.

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The equipment are for tailoring, poultry, welding, cosmetics production, carpentry and vehicle repairs.

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Gov. Aminu Masari disclosed this on Saturday in Kastina while distributing the equipment to beneficiaries under the state’s youth empowerment programme.

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“The state government has given the 500 youths three months training in fish, poultry farming, welding, carpentry, computer and business centre management.

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“Some female youths have also been trained in beads making, catering and restaurant management, juice and cosmetics making,” he said.

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On the second phase of the empowerment programme, Masari disclosed that the administration had purchased 15 salon cars for distribution to the 11 cooperative societies in the state.

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According to the governor, the empowerment of the youths had become imperative as there are no more white collar jobs in the state.

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“We want our youths both male and female to be self-reliant and shun political thuggery and begging.”

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Earlier, the secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa, said the government would continue to give youth skills acquisition a priority as part of measures to bail out the state out of economic crisis.

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“The youth as future leaders must be supported to become economically independent.

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“Youths as the backbone of every society must be given the chance to take their destiny in their hands by becoming self-reliant.”

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