In a bid to alleviate poverty and create more job opportunities, the federal government has unveiled a N5.9 billion worth of training workshops for youths in Kano State.
The Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, confirmed this yesterday while speaking at the graduation of some trainees in the state, Naija News reports.
She revealed that the citizens will be trained on how to repair smartphones and other tech skills.
Graduates in this category according to her, would be provided with the necessary tools to set up their businesses.
The Minister listed such items as soldering irons, digital multimeters, precision screwdrivers, repair toolkits and magnifying lamps.
Farouq said the programme demonstrated President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts at addressing youth unemployment.
According to her, the scheme is clear evidence of the Buhari government’s commitment to collectively address youth unemployment in the country.
Represented by Special Assistant to the President on Social Investment, Nasir Mahmoud, she explained that the programme accommodated many skills-based enterprises.
Farouq noted that the graduate and non-graduate components of the N-Power programme had been expanded to provide job opportunities for 16,629 unemployed youths in Kano under the Batch C.
The minister added that this followed the successful exiting of 18,042 youths under Batches A and B.
“The federal government is investing over N5.9 billion for the training, tooling and/or payment of monthly stipends on the Batch C beneficiaries. This is a tremendous direct injection of resources at the grassroots and in the hands of youths,” she disclosed.
She also mentioned that smartphone repairs were used to pilot the programme under the N-Power non-graduate component targeted at “lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years.”