by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Plateau State Government says the Microfinance Development Agency (PLASMIDA) has concluded plans to train 10,000 youths in welding and fabrication, tailoring, saloon, and catering, amongst others, before the exit of its administration.
Governor Simon Lalong was represented by the Secretary to the Government of State, Prof. Danladi Atu, during the official flagging-off of training, tagged, ‘Hydroelectric Power Producing Area Development Commission (HYPADEC) Youths Transformation in Plateau State at Government House, Little Rayfield, Jos.
Our correspondent gathered that, HYPPADEC has already set up machinery in motion to train over 350 youths in Plateau State in 36 critical skills acquisition areas.
The commission’s aim of the training is to change the narrative of unemployment ravaging the youths and improve their socio-economic wellbeing for them to contribute towards the development of Plateau State and Nigeria.
The governor said, “The flag-off of the programme is the conservation of our determination for young people through community development, by engaging both public and private sectors to take our youths off the streets and, possibly, engage them,” while noting that, “It is on record that our administration through collective efforts has created job opportunities to Nigerians, but more can be achieved within the limited time.”
Also speaking, Managing Director of HYPPADEC, Abubakar Sadiq, disclosed that, the training will last for 3 months, depending on what the beneficiaries want to learn; and after the programme, the commission will support them with something so that they start on their own and tutor other people.
He noted, thus: “If HYPPADEC will address youths unemployment in HYPPADEC producing states, we have achieved our mandate. The commission has come with different approaches of putting a smile on the faces of communities. 56 local government areas within the 6 states of HYPPADEC enjoyed free medical outreach.”
Also speaking at the event, a member of HYPPADEC Governing Council, representing Plateau State, Prof. Saleh Mohammed, said they immediately keyed into stakeholders’ engagement and engaged communities on the needs assessment.
He acknowledged that the commission has since started taking action on some of the problems identified in the communities, such as: portable drinking water, by sinking solar power boreholes across the HYPPADEC States.
The director of community and research development, Dr. Mahmud Muhammad, stated that the commission already trained 6,000 youths as well registered NECO and WAEC. On her part, the HYPPADEC technical partner on new approach, Dr. Lilian Omeka’ra, charged the beneficiaries to take advantage of the programme and make a better future for themselves.