Skills acquisition training under the 2012 SURE-P agriculture, youth and women empowerment schemes for 7,600 beneficiaries in Kaduna State will gulp N149,512,400, Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero has said.
He disclosed this yesterday at the flag-off of the 2012 SURE-P agriculture, youth and women empowerment schemes for 7,600 youth and women across the 23 local government areas of the state selected to participate.
According to him, the participants consisted of 1,500 for women empowerment, 2,300 for youth empowerment, 2,300 for agricultural enterprise and 1,500 for irrigation farming.
“The beneficiaries emerged after a careful and painstaking process which saw the establishment of committees in all the 23 LGAs comprising officials of relevant government ministries/departments and traditional and religious leaders. The committees were led by consultants from Messrs Kaduna Business School to ensure neutrality and strict adherence to the criteria for the selection exercise,” he explained.
At the end of the training, Yero said, each beneficiary will be given a starter pack relevant to his or her area of training to enable them start their own business and be self reliant. This, he said, will go a long way to reverse the ugly trend of youth restiveness in the state.
Earlier, the lead consultant for the selection of the trainers, Alhaji Dahiru Sani, advised the beneficiaries not to sell off their starter packs in search of easy money. “Take the pains and patience to start the business and make it grow,” he said.
He noted that Kaduna State is the only state that has committed substantial amount of SURE-P fund on youth and women from an enterprise development perspective in the country?”