The Federal Government of Nigeria stated that it will spend N5.9 billion training youths in Kano on how to repair smartphones, among other skills as part of a comprehensive campaign to provide job opportunities and eradicate poverty.
Sadiya Umar-Faruk, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disasters Management and Social Development, said this during the N-Skill Training trainees’ graduation on smartphone repairs on Wednesday in Kano.
Ms Umar-Farouq said the government would provide the graduates with tools to set up their businesses.
He listed items as soldering irons, digital multimeters, precision screwdrivers, repair toolkits and magnifying lamps.
Ms Farouq said the programme showed President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts at addressing youth unemployment.
She explained that the programme demonstrated the commitment to collectively address youth unemployment in line with Mr Buhari’s efforts to reduce poverty in Nigeria.
Represented by Special Assistant to the President on Social Investment, Nasir Mahmoud, she explained that the programme accommodated many skills-based enterprises.
She noted that the graduate and non-graduate components of the N-Power programme had been expanded to provide job opportunities for 16,629 unemployed youths in Kano under the Batch C.
“The federal government is investing over N5.9 billion for the training, tooling and/or payment of monthly stipends on the Batch C beneficiaries. This is a tremendous direct injection of resources at the grassroots and in the hands of youths,” she explained.