The Federal Government says it has committed the sum of N5.9 billion on training, tooling and monthly stipends for the Batch C beneficiaries of the N- Power Programme in Kano State.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq said this during a closing ceremony for some 177 youths who were beneficiaries of a training programme in Smart Phone Repairs and Services, under the N-Skills programme – a component of the N-Power programme in Kano State.
Hajiya Umar-Farouq, represented by the Special Assistant to the President on N- Skills, Dr Nasir Mahmoud, said about 16,629 youths were currently benefiting from the programme (under Batch C) in the state.
The Minister explained that the N-Skills programme was based on a certification system and accreditation of practical training provided through the informal apprenticeship System, anchored by Master Craft Persons (MCPs) and the formal training system, including using the Community Skills Development Centres (COSDECs) in many States.
“The programme aims to improve the quality and relevance of skills delivered, using a certification system and to ease the transition of target beneficiaries to full-time skilled employment, self-employment and/or further their education,” she said.
“It targets marginalised and disadvantaged population, including those with primary or no-formal education.”
With the successful completion of the in-centre training, beneficiaries will be issued a Certificate of Attendance and given a starter pack, such as a Rework Soldering Station (Soldering Iron), Digital Multimeter, Set of Precision Screwdriver and Repair Tool Kit as well as Magnifying lamp that would enable them to start the smartphone repairs business, she said.
Business Clinics are, according to her, also being set up in partnership with States and the FCT to provide post-training business start-up and entrepreneurship mentoring and support to the beneficiaries of the programme.
“This is consistent with the national aspiration of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years,” the minister added.
On the N-Power programme, Hajiya Umar-Farouq said: “The graduate and non-graduate components of the N-Power programme have been expanded to provide job opportunities for 16,629 unemployed youths in Kano State under Batch C, following the successful exiting of 18,042 youths under Batches A & B.”
One of the beneficiaries, Jamilu Alkali commended the Federal Government for the gesture, which he said, would go a long way to address the high rate of unemployment among youths in the state.
Reporting by Abdullahi jalaluddeen; Editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor