Abuja - About 10 000 youth have benefitted from training programmes offered at
the Katsina Youth Craft Village, Governor Alhaji Ibrahim Shehu Shema,
He said this when he distributed resettlement packages to the ten best students of the facility for the past year.
The facility was established in 2009.
“The craft village has remained a window of opportunities for the youth to learn different trade to became self reliant,” Shema said.
He added that an executive bill was now before the State House Assembly to make the craft village permanent and upgrade it for awarding national certificates.
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He said the National Board for Technology and Incubation centre had agreed to collaborate with the state government to make the village a centre of excellence.
Coordinating consultant of the craft village Samaila Umar Saulawa called for expansion of the craft village to respond to the need of the people.
Saulawa said about 5 000 applications for admission is now before the management of the craft village against the existing 1 200 vacancies.
He also called for the establishment of general engineering workshop that will consist of modern plumbing and additional machines in welding, fabrication, film and photography departments.
Meanwhile, Shema, has tasked colleagues in the northern region to focus attention on empowerment of youth to minimize problem of political thuggery and violence in the area.
According to the governor, empowerment of the youth became necessary for self reliance instead of allowing them to roam streets as hangers on and political thugs.
- CAJ News