Yobe State Governor, Mr. Mai Mala Buni has completed plans to take off a N232M youth development initiative in the state.
This was made known during an opening session of a paint production training for 680 youths at the state cultural centre Damaturu.
The governor who was represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Idi Barde Gubana Wazirin Fune, said the aim of the training was to equip youths in relevant skills that would make them expert paint formulators.
“It was part of a series of empowerment programmes designed by this administration and it is also meant to instil self-reliance in them so that they would set up their own businesses afterwards,” Buni said.
“After the training, the beneficiaries would be fully utilized in all the projects going on in the state. The trainees were selected from across the 17 local government areas of the state.” He added
The government would no longer engage any painter from outside the state to carry out its schemes, Buni further said.
However, reacting to the development, the Permanent Secretary Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Abba Gaidam said the training was meant to train participants to be responsible citizens and generate more employment opportunities through paint manufacturing.
Gaidam revealed that the programme would cost N232 Million, which would be contributed by all the 17 local government councils in the state.
Yobe State Government has offered scholarships to 69 law graduates/students going to the Nigerian Law Schools in Nigeria worth N38 million.
Governor Mai Mala Buni announced this yesterday in Damaturu while presenting the cheque to the Yobe State Scholarship Board.
He said: “The 69 beneficiaries will receive a cumulative package of about N38.4 million.”
“In order to support you to achieve, the Yobe state government is taking responsibility for your registration and tuition fees and your wardrobe allowance.
“Our administration will also provide you with books and computers that you need to study and to succeed”, Buni said.
While calling on the beneficiaries to be good ambassadors of the state, he said “I therefore encourage you to dig in, and to study hard, and to roll up your sleeves. I encourage you to do your best so that one year from now, all of us here in the state will be so proud of you”.
The Executive Secretary of Yobe State Scholarship Board, Dr Abubakar Kagu commended the governor’s gesture.
“Thank you for keeping true to your pledge that the younger generation of Yobe State will be given every support and opportunity to explore their potentials,” Kagu said.