As part of efforts to alleviate poverty and unemployment rate in the society, the popular Non Governmental Organisation ‘Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation (SABMF) has organised special skills acquisition training to 110 women and youths in Bauchi state.
Speaking during the official opening ceremony of the programme at the Professor Iya Abubakar resource centre Bauchi, the Chief Executive Officer of the foundation, Dr. Shettima Aji Ali, explained that the training, which would last for one month, was aimed at improving the living standards of the participants by transforming them to be self-reliant.
He noted that the 110 participants who were chosen from parts of the state would be trained various skills including catering, fashion design and garment making skills, weaving, knitting, hair dressing, cosmetic production, information communication technology and leather processing.
Other skills to be taught to the youths and women according to him are briquette production, food preservation, tie and dye, waste to wealth, bead making, interior decoration and event management, poultry, fish farming and bee keeping skills adding that the scheme would lay a foundation for sustainable and productive entrepreneurial spirits amongst the beneficiaries.
The CEO of the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial foundation therefore urged the participants to pay special attention to the training and promised that the women and youths vocational entrepreneurship development programme would equally be organised in all the northern states of the country.
In his remarks, Governor of Bauchi state Malam Isa Yuguda, represented by the commissioner of poverty alleviation Alhaji Isa Muhammad Wabi, who described the programme as commendable and timely, stated that it was in line with the yearnings and aspirations of his administration to empower the youths and women towards self-sufficiency and economic independence.
“The initiative constitutes a logical follow up in realising our goals of ensuring that youth and women who have acquired various levels of competences in vocations become fully organised in the task of managing their business outfits. This is a right step in the directions of poverty reduction, employment generation and job creation,” he said. Yuguda, who pledged that youth and women empowerment would remain one of his cardinal programmes, claimed that since its inception, the government has so far empowered over 71,000 youths and women through several schemes introduced by the Bauchi state Commission for Youth and Women Rehabilitation and Development (BACYWORD).
Category: Bauchi State News