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Why Kano is engaging youth in auto repair, other skills

The Director General Kano State Directorate of Youth Development and Economic Empowerment, Alhaji Ado Abba Tudun-Wada has said the administration of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is empowering youth to become self-reliant.

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He said the administration intervened in the formation of a vibrant caretaker committee of the Youth Council under Comrade Kabiru Ado Lakwaya and has since been empowering members through the platform.

Some of the engagements he said are that over 90,000 youth were successfully registered under the on-going FG’s N-Power scheme; within two years, 250 youth have been trained on ICT and another 100 youth trained in auto-mobile maintenance and repairs at the Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN) learning centre in Kaduna.

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Tudun-Wada said a committee on Youth Empowerment was established by the state with a release of over N132 million to fund various skills acquisition and empowerment programmes for 5000 small businesses operators and unemployed youth.

Part of the State’s achievements on youth empowerment he said is the approval the Directorate got to select 2,000 youth from the state to train for proposed Peace Corps in anticipation of being fully employed once the scheme gets FG’s funding.

Alhaji Ado told the Daily Trust that 2,445 young people have also been trained on apprenticeship programmes with support from DFID’s MAFITA, a UK funded programme that runs for six years in the North West, and kick-started in March 2016.

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