ABIA State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ASOPADEC), says no fewer than 600 youths will be trained under the Youth Empowerment Scheme (YES) in the state in 2020.
Chief Hope Uwaga, a Commissioner in the commission, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Umuahia on Tuesday.
Uwaga said that youth empowerment was part of the agenda of the commission.
He said that the commission had already enrolled 50 of them whose training would commence this January, adding that it would be done in batches.
According to him, the youths would be trained in different fields including automobile, electrical installation, fashion designing and catering among others.
He said, “we will push them to different companies that are well established; they will do the training there and if possible get employed there at the end of the training.
“We will give soft loans to those that want to establish their own business through our collaboration with the Bank of Industry (BoI).”
Uwaga also hinted that over 200 artisans who were undergoing skill acquisition training at Kiara De-Luke Academy, Umuobiakwa, Obingwa Local Government Area, would soon graduate.
He said that the youths, who were drawn from different local government areas in the state, were being trained in computer engineering, automobile, electrical installation, garment making, catering and others.
The commissioner said that the beneficiaries would be sponsored to start off their trades through the partnership arrangement between the commission and the BoI.
He said that they would be given soft loan with very low interested rate which they would start repaying after one year of establishing their own businesses.
“But we will first of all go through their business plans; we will also train them on how to manage their businesses,” he said. (NAN)
– Jan. 7, 2020 @ 16:35 GMT |