The wife of Taraba State governor, Mrs Anna Ishaku, has said that her foundation, the Hope Afresh Foundation, has gone into partnership with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to train about 10,000 unemployed youths.
She disclosed this in Jalingo, while flagging off the training programme for the first batch of 220 participants
. Mrs Ishaku explained that the training on various skills would create jobs and alleviate poverty among the youths in the state. “The level of poverty in Taraba is alarming so this is part of my deliberate plans to create jobs for the people and improve their living condition,” she said.
She also expressed satisfaction over the decision of management of the Central Bank of Nigeria particularly, the Enterprise Development Centre of the bank for accepting to relocate from Maiduguri zonal headquarters to Taraba for the purpose of the training.
”I was told by the officials of CBN when they visited me that out of 8,000 people trained in the north-east so far, only 10 persons from Taraba State participated.” she stated.
According to the governor’s wife low participation of Taraba people in the programme became a challenge to her to go into partnership with the bank to ensure that the training was done in Jalingo to enable more people in the state benefit.
She however called on the participants to take the training very seriously to enable them become experts in their various trades. Earlier, Alhaji Abubakar Umar, of the Enterprise Development Centre of the CBN had commended Mrs Ishaku for facilitating the hosting of the training in Taraba State. Alhaji Umar said the trainees would be taught how to write bankable business plans that would help them access loans for their businesses after the 16 weeks training.
He said that the Central Bank would partner the Taraba Micro Finance Bank to ensure that participants had access to loans of between N1million to N3 million for individual and N3 million to N10 million for groups to start their businesses after the training.
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