The 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.