The federal government has said that N5.9 billion will be spent to train youths in Kano state on how to repair smartphones and gain other skills.
Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disasters Management and Social Development, who was represented by the Special Assistant to the President on Social Investment, Nasir Mahmoud stated this during the N-Skill Training trainees’ graduation on smartphone repairs on Wednesday in Kano.
According to her, the move is part of a comprehensive campaign of the FG to provide job opportunities and eradicate poverty.
Sadiya Umar Farouq said the government would provide the graduates with tools to set up their businesses.
Items listed include soldering irons, digital multimeters, precision screwdrivers, repair toolkits and magnifying lamps.
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.
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The minister added that this followed the successfully exiting of 18,042 youths under Batches A and B.
“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 disclosed.
She also mentioned that smartphone repairs were used to pilot the programme under the N-Power non-graduate component targeted at “lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years.”