Abuja - The ECOWAS Commission said it trains youths in the sub-region in wide range of vocational and professional skills to enable them to become gainfully employed.
Mr Kennedy Barsisa, Head of Youth, Sport and Employment Division of the Commission, made this known on Thursday.
He said the ECOWAS Youth Development and Sports Centre (EYDSC), in Quagadougou, was involved in the practical aspect of youth empowerment aimed at enabling the youths to be gainfully employed.
'The EYDSC has been working with Skills Development Centres in Songhai in Benin Republic, Mali and Ghana to build the capacity of the youths."
"This is to make them to realise their dreams and aspirations of owning businesses and sourcing for fund from investors and financial houses."
"Annually, EYDSC sends youths drawn from the 15 ECOWAS member states to these centers to be trained in a wide range of vocational training and professional skills’’, he said.
Barsisa said they were also trained in financial management and given start-up capital for their own businesses.
He said some monitory mechanism had also been put in place to monitor progress being made by the trainees.
NAN reports that the training covers livestock, crop farming, mechanical work, fishery, food processing, and soap making.