By; MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Gusau
The Zamfara State Government has commenced the renovation of 14 skills acquisition centers to empower youth in the state to become self reliant and be able to contribute to economic development of the state.
This was disclosed by the Special Adviser to Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle on Skills Acquisition, Hajia Amina Iliyasu, while speaking with newsmen on the Skills Acquisition Law recently signed by the governor.
Hajia Amina noted that the law would help the government to implement various skills acquisition programmes it had rolled out.
She said it is part of the state government’s efforts in making youths in the state self reliant through implementation of modernized skills acquisition programmes.
The Spevial Afbiser said the present administration of Matawalle has special interest in youths development and skills acquisition programmes.
“Already, the state government has renovated eight skills acquisition centers in the state and recently awarded a contract for the total renovation of the State center in Gusau, the state capital.
“The idea is to have modern and equipped skills acquisitions centers across the 14 local government areas of the state,” she said.
Hajia Amina disclosed that the skills directorate in collaboration with State Agency for Community and Social Development Projects, had provided training equipments worth several millions of Naira.
“The items include modern sewing and knitting machines, computers and their accessories, freezers, gas cookers among others.
“The equipments have now been installed in some classes at the main center in Gusau and the eight renovated centers in some of the local government areas of the state,” She said.
Hajia Amina expressed optimism that the centers would soon start providing skills training for the teeming unemployed youths in the state.
It will be recalled that governor Matawalle had earlier this week assented to four bills passed by the state house of assembly, including the law establishing the State Directorate of Skills Acquisition.