Kaduna Lawmaker empowers 152 youths, clerics

Mamman Ali

One hundred and fifty two youths and seven Islamic clerics last weekend graduated from the Centre for Human Resource Development and Empowerment Initiative (CHRDEI) in collaboration with National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). Of this number 73 offered computer literacy while 79 studied home economics.

Highlight of the graduation ceremony was the presentation of special awards of new laptops to the seven Islamic clerics drawn from across Kaduna North Local Government area, Yunus Abdullahi, Mohmmed Tukur Yahaya, Abubakar Junaidu, Abdullahi Aliyu Abubakar, Murtala Shanono and Mohammed Khalil Ilyas and Ishaq Yunus Almadani, who were trained in computer literacy.

In his speech the founder of the centre, Hon Muhammad Ali representing Kawo Constituency (APC) in the Kaduna State House of Assembly, who noted that Nigerian youths have either been subsumed into the general adult population or their efforts to forge a livelihood have been ignored, “it is for this reason that the centre cashed in on the opportunity of the increasing recognition of entrepreneurship as a source of job creation, empowerment and economic dynamism in a systematic and focused attempt to address entrepreneurship from the angle of the youths in the society.

“This effort that we are spear heading from this centre has today resulted in producing graduate entrepreneurs whom with a little push from government will be employers of labour in their own right, thereby reducing the multitude of job seekers hence enhancing state security by reducing the number of societal malcontents through job creation.

This is not to talk of hundreds of others whom we trained and are now gainfully employed in both government and the private sector of the economy,” he said.

It is our wish in this centre, he said, to stimulate policy debate on the potential benefits of youth entrepreneurship as a viable career option, obstacles that stand in its way and policy measures and strategies that can be initiated to support it using countries like Jamaica as our case study.

In his speech, the Vice Chancellor of NOUN, Professor Vincent Tenebe, represented by Professor Nebath Tanglang, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration) said, the centre is a timely intervention mechanism at this point in time in our nation’s history when unemployment, underemployment and employment mismatches, insecurity and political thuggery are threatening the fabric of society.

“The Initiative, in a short period of its existence, has impacted positively on the lives of its target groups, women and youth who have been empowered to develop their talents and potentials for the benefit of their immediate societies and humanity in general.

“To you lucky graduands, while commending the founder and sponsor of the Initiative, Hon Dr Muhammad Ali, for his noble effort in assisting these youths to move from the group of the unemployed to that of the self employed and employers in the long run, I equally urge you, to use this unique opportunity given to you to put the skills you have acquired in to good use, for it is by so doing that you will be productive members of the society,” he said.

He said this skills transfer collaboration between CHRDEI and NOUN is well positioned and is ready to ensure the success of the President’s agenda of creating job and putting food on the tables of the good people of Nigeria, adding, “We believe that the best way to achieve the empowerment of the teeming youths of this country is through skills acquisition programmes and capacity building that would guarantee self employment and the transformation of our youths into agents of job creation rather than job seekers.”

In her key note address at the occasion, the Dean of School of Vocational and Technical Education, Federal College of Education, Zaria, Dr (Mrs) B. I. Balogun, urged parliamentarians to emulate the indomitable spirit of Hon (Dr) Ali’s quest for a new Nigeria where youths and other vulnerable and disadvantaged groups are given the opportunity of being trained and empowered to be gainfully employed and in some instances being employers of labour.

1 Comment

  1. Awarware

    March 22, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Thank you honourable.

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