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General News of Monday, 24 January 2022


Unemployment: NDE, Gombe govt partner to raise 5,000 entrepreneurs

Gombe State Governor, Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya Gombe State Governor, Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya

Amidst growing unemployment, Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Yahaya, has reiterated his administration’s commitment to collaborative initiatives to impact the people of the state.

Yahaya, who was represented by the Commissioner for Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Aishatu Maigari, made this disclosure on Monday, January 24, 2022, while playing host to a delegation of the National Directorate of Employment from Abuja.

According to the Governor, “The State supports the collaboration to train about 5,000 entrepreneurs as part of efforts to create jobs for the teeming youth across the state.”

While appreciating the office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals for collaborating with the state to establish a world-class skills acquisition centre, Yahaya assured that his administration was poised to take advantage of the centre to create more employers of labour through skills and entrepreneurship training.

The Governor also expressed optimism that the collaboration would be a lasting one, adding that “the state government’s ten-year development plan largely focuses on human and economic development of citizens of the State to make jobs available and create wealth.”

Earlier, the Director-General of the NDE, Abubakar Fikpo, represented by Isa Abdu said the delegation was in the state to inspect the skills acquisition centre in furtherance of its collaboration with the state government.

Fikpo, while commending Yahaya’s foresight in ensuring the opportunities for the young, said the initiative would train beneficiaries in various vocations to make them self reliant.

“The Directorate, having closely studied the state government’s deliberate plans for women and youth in terms of empowerment, was motivated to partner in training young ones with a view to taking them off the streets. This is for the good of the society,” Fikpo said.

On his part, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on SDGs, Bashir Tukur, said the programme was in line with the administration’s ten-year development plan.

Tukur said, “Effort is being intensified to make optimum utilisation of the skill acquisition centre to better the lives of people of the state especially the young persons.”

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