In a bid to curb unemployment and insecurity in the country, Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC) has flaged-off the Youths Transformation Programme (YTP) training for over 5,000 unemployed youths and women.
The Commission’s Managing Director, Abubakar Yelwa made this known at the opening ceremony in Minna, stating that in the desire to improve the living standard of teaming youths, the programme would hold across the 6 HYPPADEC states.
Yelwa explained that HYPPADEC’s partnering with the NDE and Minna Institute of Technology and Innovation (MITI) in line with the federal government policy to use life changing skill acquisition exercises to take the youths off the streets.
He maintained that the beneficiaries cut across the six states with Niger State having about 1,400 participants that are entitled to a stipends of N15,000 for graduates and N10,000 for non graduates while starter packs await them after the training for three and six months respectively.
Earlier, the Rector of MITI, Dr Nana Ibrahim who applauded the commission for the foresight, and assured that the programme will live up to its expectations, as yield youths with good character and worthy skills to better fit into the society.
He urged participants to be good ambassadors by taking the exercise with all seriousness.
The Niger State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mamman Musa represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mr Jonathan Wasa commended the efforts of HYPPADEC, urging the participants to leverage on the opportunity knowing that the white collar jobs are not readily available for the teaming graduates across the country.