20 December 2012

Nigeria: Borno Empowers 18,000 Youths

Maiduguri — In its efforts to tackle the security challenges bedevilling the state in the last two years, Borno State government has trained over 18,000 youths across the 27 local government areas of the state.

Commissioner of Poverty Alleviation and Youths Empowerment, PAYE, Dr. Zainab Gimba, who said this at the end-of-year briefing in Maiduguri, said the state government placed more emphasis on job creation and youths empowerment.

She said over 50 youths were sponsored to Sabore farms, in line with Governor Kashim Shettima's agricultural transformation agenda, adding that the youths were also in turn expected to train others.

Gimba said thousands of youths had undergone training and retraining in various trades with a view to making them self-reliant and employers of labour, adding that 25,000 youths were currently receiving training at the Katsina School of Craft.

She further said her ministry had signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, on the establishment of Norh-East Entrepreneurship Development Centre in Maiduguri.

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