The Adamawa State Government has renovated four skills acquisition centres in the state for the training and empowerment of youths under its renewed wealth creation programme.
Malam Ayuba Dauda, the Coordinator of the State Poverty and Wealth Creation Programme, stated this on Wednesday in an interview with newsmen in Yola.
He said that two of the renovated centres were in the Central Senatorial zone because of its population while the North and South senatorial zones had one centre each. While the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) had trained 500 youths in different skills in collaboration with the state government.
Dauda said that the government was also partnering with UNDP in the training of 149 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
“Our skills acquisition centres are one of the best, if not the best in the country.
“Apart from UNDP, other national organisations are in touch with us to use the centres in empowering returnee internally displaced persons with skills that will help them become self-reliant,”
The coordinator revealed that the state government in partnership with the federal government had given 400 tricycles to some returnee IDPs within the seven local government areas affected by insurgency as part of plans to ease transportation of human and farm produce in the worse hit conflict areas.
Dauda, while commending the youths interested in the empowerment programme told journalists that the Adamawa state government was committed to reducing poverty in the state, specifically in worst hit conflict areas.
He also called on relevant organizations to keep complementing government’s efforts as 5,000 responses have been received despite the state’s plan to train 2,000 candidates.
“We are really committed to wealth creation and our youths are responding positively; we are also teaching them how to utilise the Internet to advertise their businesses,” Dauda said.