NEDC trains, empowers 200 youths in Taraba

NEDC trains, empowers 200 youths in Taraba

By Martins Abochol, Jalingo.


The North East Development Commission (NEDC) has trained and empowered 200 youths across the 16 Local Government Areas of Taraba State.


The trainees were also given starter packs to enable them to become self-reliant in Information Communication Technology (ICT).


Mr Mohammed Alkali, the Managing Director of NEDC, stated this at the graduation of the trainees on Thursday in Jalingo.


Alkali was represented by Mr Benjamin Wesley, Head of Legal Unit in the commission.


The managing director said that over 3,500 youths had also been trained and given start up kits in the past for them to be self-reliant.


He said that the youths were trained in graphics design and phone repairs, in order for them to be economically empowered, while becoming employers of labour.


Alkali said that the commission was poised to bridge the skill gaps in ICT across the North-East region.


He disclosed that 18 ICT training centres had been established by the commission in Taraba, Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Borno and Yobe states.


The NEDC boss urged the trainees to extend the knowledge they had acquired to others in their communities by training more youths.


He announced a token of N25,000 as incentive to encourage the graduating trainees.


In his remark, Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba urged the beneficiaries to avoid any temptation to sell their starter packs.


He warned that the state government would monitor them and would not hesitate to penalise anyone who sold his or her kits.


Some of the beneficiaries, who spoke, said that the skills they acquired would aid efforts to reduce unemployment among the youth in the state.


Mr Ande Yakubu, who hails from Ussa Local Government Area, commended the commission for the training and empowerment, adding that the training had ended unemployment in his life.


Miss Dinatu Musa, who also commended NEDC, said that she would also train others who had no ICT skills.


The commission gave out laptops, printers, phone repair tools and exercise books for record keeping to the 200 graduands, who had undergone a three-month training.

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