The Enugu State Government has appealed to youths in the state to embrace the ongoing One-Youth, One-Skill Programme” of the state government.
The State Commissioner of Sports and Youths Development, Mr Joseph Udedi, made the appeal on Saturday, while speaking with news reporters in Enugu, South-East Nigeria.
Udedi said that the programme, which is free-of-charge, was open to every youth resident in the state.
Youths were admonished to avail themselves of the opportunity to get equipped and chase out idleness and joblessness in the state”.
His words: It is only social vices that can limit any youth residing in this state, especially when they involve themselves in drug abuse, prostitution, and cultism.
However, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has passion to ensure that each youth in the state turns out to be an asset to the society and state through introduction of some youth advancement programmes.
One of such programmes is the popular and ongoing One-Youth, One-Skill Programme being held at the media hall of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu presently.
In the programme, we train youths on skills such as ICT, agriculture, solar panel technology and installation, cosmetology, paint-making, soap and cream-making as well as fashion design, among other skills.
Some of the training run for three months and others over a year depending on the skill being learnt.
The state government foots the bill of the training.”
The Commissioner noted that the government through its Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Centre provides those with good and clear-cut business plan and vision with soft loans to start-up at the end of the training.
So, the government is striving to close the skill gap in the state as well as create massive jobs for all youths.
For now, there is no limit to the number of youths required to apply for the training as the government has recently built-up the capacity to take more youths in the training programme, he noted.
Source: Voice of Nigeria