Sunday, June 9, 2013

Insecurity: Borno Govt Empowers 37,000 Youths

The Borno Government said on Sunday that it trained 37,000 youths in various trades to fight the current security challenges facing the state.

Hajiya Zainab Gimba, the Commissioner for Poverty Alleviation and Youth Empowerment, announced this newsmen in Maiduguri.

Gimba explained that the training was carried out under the skill acquisition programme of the ministry.

“Some of the beneficiaries were trained in the state while others were sent to other states or even abroad for the training,” she said.

Gimba said the objective was to engage the youths in meaningful ventures and prevent them from joining bad groups.

“We sent 50 youths on training in Thailand on integrated farming. We also trained 100 youths at the Sabore Farm, Yola, in agriculture; we also sent 80 for training at the Katsina Craft Village in Katsina,” she said.

Gimba said that 500 youths were also trained at the Songhai Farms in Benin Republic on agriculture.

She said several others were trained in poultry and fishery businesses within the state.

Gimba, however, said that a large chunk of the beneficiaries were trained in inter-lock blocks making being used to beautify the state capital and construction of roads.

She said that the state government was also collaborating with the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) office to implement a conditional cash transfer to 2,337 poor households in the state.

“We are collaborating with the MDG to begin immediate cash transfer to 2,337 poor households in five local government areas of the state.

“The households are located in Kaga, Nganzai, Gubio, Guzamala and Magumeri,” Gimba said.

She said that each of the beneficiaries would receive N5,000 cash under the scheme.

“The programme is aimed at fast tracking development in health and education sectors.

“This is because the benefiting households will be encouraged to enrol their children in school as well as access health care facilities.” (NAN)

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