Kaduna State governor Ramalan Yero yesterday flagged off the distribution of starter packs to 7,600 beneficiaries across the 23 local government areas of the state who participated in the 2013 SURE-P Youth and Women Empowerment Skill Acquisition Training Programme.
The training of the beneficiaries was flagged off in November 2013 by the governor where he reiterated his administration?s commitment to ensuring that youth of the state are provided with the wherewithal to set up their entrepreneurial and other business ventures for self employment and actualisation of their full potential as citizens of the state.
In his speech at the occasion, Yero said the programme was organised to present graduates of the various training schemes with support in meeting the critical requirement of seed capital for starting viable businesses that will contribute to the rapid economic development of the state and reduce unemployment rate.
?The trainings conducted under the various trades were rigorous and in-depth. At the outset, we were unequivocal in emphasising that only training institutions/firms with demonstrable competences in the business will be engaged in the youth trainings. Our insistence was to ensure effective transfer of technology to trainees for maximum benefits?, he said.
According to the governor, ?each of the trainees would receive starter packs relevant to his/her trade in addition to a take-off grant of the sum of N10, 000.
The beneficiaries were trained in aluminium works, photography, leather work, printing, block making, brick laying, fish processing, GSM repairs, honey processing, animal husbandry, plumbing works, horticulture and agricultural enterprise. and rain-fed agriculture, cattle fattening, bee keeping, maize production, sugarcane production, ginger production, goat keeping, beauty and cosmetology, tie and dye, vegetable processing, catering and event management, piggery, hair dressing among others.