Kogi - Kogi State has pledged to provide financial assistance to more than 1 000 youths to enable them to establish their own businesses.
Governor Idris Wada made the pledge at the end of a three-week orientation for participants in a 12-month youth and women development programme at Asaya in Kabba Local Government Area.
According to the governor, the intention of the government was that the 1 069 youths, selected from the 21 local government areas, would become employers of labour and help government reduce unemployment in the state.
He said the government would give the youth start-up equipment and other facilities at the end of their training.
Wada said some percentage of participants’ monthly stipend would be kept by the government as savings and at the training, each person would receive double the amount saved.
The governor said the idea was to enable the participants to have good working capital to establish at the end of their training.
He expressed delight that the programme, initiated in 2012, had achieved its objectives as 7 000 women and youths had benefited.
“Youth restiveness was curtailed,” he said.
The governor urged the participants to make the best use of the training they received during the orientation, saying they needed to be disciplined, honest, hardworking and tolerant to succeed.
– CAJ News
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