By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna.
Niger State Government has applauded the selection of the state along with six others for the try-test of the implementation of the federal government /World Bank sponsored skills for job training to check unemployment and slide to poverty by empowering youths from poor households to be self employed.
Commissioner for Budget and Planning in the state, Mohammed Nda said the Governor Abubakar Sani Bello led administration in the state is happy to have such a programme for citizens in the state.
He assured that the state government would support initiative just as he promised to provide starter packs for the 1,232 beneficiaries of the scheme selected from Bida and Chanchaga, two major urban centres of the state for the pilot scheme of the project.
The Commissioner gave the assurance yesterday at the orientation programme for the beneficiaries of the federal government /World Bank Skills For Job (S4J) initiative. The orientation course is being coordinated by the National Directorate for Employment NDE in the state.
The Commissioner expressed the state government’s commitment to leverage on such initiatives that could empower citizens in the state and liberate them from poverty and make them productive.
He said the government is determined to ensure that more of it’s citizens were gainfully engaged adding that such conviction informed the earlier decision of the government to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the NDE for the vocational training of unemployed persons across the state.He therefore pledged the state government’s assistance for the success of all programmes that could impact on the lives of the people of the state just as he assured of creating conducive atmosphere to the beneficiaries to make use of the starter packs that would be given to them at the end of their training on skills acquisition.
He told the beneficiaries of the scheme that the state government will be monitoring their individual’s performance to ensure that they are committed to their jobs to check unemployment.
The Director General of the NDE, represented by the Public Affairs Manager of the Directorate, Malam Lawal Musa had earlier explained that the MoU for the skills for job initiative was signed with 7 states under the World Bank assisted project aimed at creating jobs for unemployed youths drawn from the poorest of the poor families.The World Bank sponsored programme is one of the components of the Youth Employment and Social Support Operation, (YESSO).
The selected beneficiaries are from vulnerable groups and the poorest of the poor who are expected to undergo three months of theoriticals and six months of practical vocational training in various skills.The beneficiaries will be given monthly stipends of N7,500. The NDE Director General said would give the beneficiaries the opportunity to discover their potentials and as well be adequately guided in making choices of skills during the training.