YAD4Kogi: 1,069 Youths to get financial aid to establish own businesses

The Kogi Governor, Capt. Idris Wada, has promised to provide financial assistance for 1,069 youths to enable them to establish their own businesses.

Wada made the pledge at the end of a three-week orientation for participants in a 12-month youth and women development programme at Asaya in Kabba Local Government Area.

He said the government would give the youth start-up equipment and other facilities at the end of their training.

He said that the intention of the government was that the youth, selected from the 21 local government areas, would become employers of labour and help government reduce unemployment.

Wada said some percentage of participants’ monthly stipend would be kept by the government as savings and at the training, each person would receive double the amount saved.

The governor said the idea was to enable the participants to have good working capital to establish at the end of their training.

He expressed delight that the programme, initiated in 2012, had achieved its objectives as 7, 000 women and youths had benefitted and youth restiveness curtailed.

Wada urged the participants to make the best use of the training they received during the orientation, saying they needed to be disciplined, honest, hardworking and tolerant to succeed.

The Special Adviser on Youth and Women Development to the Governor, Dr Temitope Shinkaiye, said during the training, participants would be involved in three hours of public works and five hours of vocational training daily.

She said that many of the participants would be engaged in sanitation and environmental works, adding that each person would be given a tricycle to make the work easier.

Shinkaiye said the programme was not just about training and equipping of youths for economic development but to rebuild their self-esteem and re-invent in them.

She lauded the youth for their good conduct during the orientation.