By; TINA PHINEAS, Yola.
The Adamawa State Government has so far trained over 700 youths and women in various skills acquisition programmes geared towards tackling the challenges of poverty and unemployment in the state .
The state coordinator of Poverty Alleviation Programme who also doubled as the Special Adviser to the governor on Poverty Alleviation and Wealth Creation, Hon. Ayuba Audu made this disclosure while speaking to journalist.
According to him, they started by training 60 youths selected from the 21 local government areas of the state on repairing of tricycles, this efforts he explained was in collaboration with an India company called Simba, a leading manufacturer of tricycles.
This was followed by another collaborations with the Industrial Training Funds (ITF) where over 500 youths and women were trained on various skills such as jewelries and beads making, window and aluminum, handsets repairs, electrical appliances among others.
Audu added that,the state government have also procured some equipment such as diagonizer which once inserted into handsets will immediately dictate the faults and make it easy for the trainees to dictate the fault without any stress.
The co-ordinator disclosed further that,the state government in collaborations with United Nation Development Programme(UNDP)are training 179 youths from 3 North East states of Borno,Yobe and Adamawa, who were carefully selected from the IDPs camps presently in yola undergoing training in various skills after undergoing rigorous test in Jos to ascertain their mental fitness and ensure that, they have no links with the insurgents.
On government decision to revisit the skills acquisition and technical training centres established by Nyako’s administration with the view to revive,admit and trained more Adamawa youths he noted that,the decision is taking on the overall interest of the state and inline with the governor campaign promises to provides employment to the people of the state.
He added that the committee constituted by the government would begin tour of all the skills acquisition centres in the state today( Monday) and once they finished their assignment more youths in the state would be admitted and trained in various skills of their choices.
Even as he described the facilities at the skills acquisition centres in the state as one of the best in Africa as adjudged by many international organizations adding that,government have been doing a lot and would continued to do more in this