Abuja - Kaduna State has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) to enhance entrepreneurial empowerment in the state.
The pact, signed in collaboration with the Housing Developers Institute (HDI) and the World Bank, will see indigenous youth of the state trained by the Centre for Educational Technology and Entrepreneurial Development (CETED) of NOUN and absorbed at graduation by Housing Developers Institute, who will also screen the students for admission at CETED.
The World Bank will provide workshop material for the training.
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Vice-chancellor of NOUN, Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu, disclosed this was in line with the vision and mission of the university centred on providing access for affordable and quality education for Nigerians.
“The signing of this MoU is significant in that there are thousands of youth who left school and have not gained any paid employment,” said Adamu.
Through the scheme, NOUN is going to clear thousands of such youths in Kaduna State off the streets, train them on Housing Technology skills and get them absorbed by our partners in the housing industry who are handling the construction of about 1 000 housing units which Kaduna State government is about to embark upon.
“This, therefore, translates to providing thousands of employment opportunities to the youth of Kaduna State,” said Abamu.
Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Balarabe Abbas Lawal, said government was passionate about youth empowerment, hence the signing of the MoU.
Lawal said the scheme would be extended to empower women.
“We know that women are the first teachers. When they are empowered, they easily transfer that empowerment to their children,” he said.
- CAJ News