Democracy Day: Kwara Government Employs 5,200 Youths

Abdulfatah AhmedThe Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has said that his administration has employed 10,200 youths since its inception and would engage an additional 3,000 by the end of the year.

The Governor stated this at the official launching of Quickwin Empowerment and Employment Scheme, where he presented letters of appointment to 5,200 youths at the Government House, Ilorin, as part of activities to mark Democracy Day.

In his remarks, he noted that the flag off of Quickwin was meant to arrest youth unemployment and prioritize empowerment.

He explained that the employment of the 5,200 youths in various fields was out of the urgent need to empower the largest component of the population, as this was the founding principle of the Quickwin programme.

He said that apart from youth empowerment schemes; the Government has boosted entrepreneurship with the provision of 640million Naira in revolving credit to 41,000 SMEs and structured skill acquisition centres for the benefit of the youths.

He noted that to underline this scheme’s importance and ensure its sustenance, Government has set aside 2.4billion Naira to fund the scheme for the next one year while 164million Naira has already been expended on the newly created Environmental Corps and an enhanced Kwara State Road Traffic Management Agency (KWARTMA).

Governor Ahmed added that to further stimulate economic activities and enhance public works, Quickwin also includes low-hanging projects such as classroom rehabilitation, transformer installation, and borehole construction across the state.

In his remarks, the Chairman, Quickwin Empowerment and Employment Scheme Committee, Isiaka Gold, disclosed that the enlisted 5,200 youths had been segmented into the clean and green, entrepreneurial, environmental corps, KWABES and KWARTMA.

Mr Gold, who is also the Secretary to the State Government, noted that 200 youths would be employed on monthly basis until the end of the year, with a view to curbing youths’ restiveness in the state.

Some of the beneficiaries lauded the Government for the employment which they believed would reduce unemployment in the state.

The highpoint of the occasion was the presentation of 6 Hilux vehicles, 2 fire fighter vehicles, 2 18-seater buses, and 1 towing vehicle among others to enhance the productivity of the scheme.

Kwara Government Earmarks 200 Million Naira For Employment Programmes

kwara_emblemThe Kwara State Government has earmarked the sum of 200 million Naira to carry out policy programmes in the areas of youths’ employment and empowerment, including borehole drilling, classroom renovation, as well as rural electrification on monthly basis.

It also stressed that no fewer than 5,400 youths would be engaged in the first phase of the QuickWin intervention aimed at reducing unemployment, adding value to public service, providing social safety nets for youths and other less privileged, among others.

The Secretary to the State Government, Isiaka Gold, stated this in Ilorin while speaking with journalists. He noted that areas to be covered include entrepreneurial scheme, clean and green, bridge empowerment, environmental corps, traffic management and advertisement agency.

Isiaka Gold further added that, a total of 1,872 youths would be engaged in the first phase of the scheme, which would be further divided into graduates (NCE and above) and non-graduates (SSCE and below) who will be given entrepreneurial training for two weeks at the Kwara State University, KWASU, and Kwara State Polytechnic, followed by another two weeks of internship with renowned entrepreneurs.

Each beneficiary would receive 5,000 Naira monthly for a period not exceeding 12 months, depending on the nature and duration of the trainers. Master trainers would also receive the sum of 5,000 Naira monthly per trainee for the duration of the training.

The State Commissioner for Finance, Demola Baanu, assured interested youths who are not engaged in the first phase of the programme that an additional 200 youths would be engaged monthly until the whole 8,200 are fully absorbed. He emphasized that financial provision had been made for the sustenance of the programmes.

It is hoped that the provision of the employment would drastically reduce the unemployment rate in Kwara State to the barest minimum.