By Abubakar Hassan

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As part of efforts to reduce the rate of unemployment in Niger State, Millennium Africa Global Initiative, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), has graduated 350 youths trained in various skills.

Speaking during the graduation ceremony at the Abdulsalami Abubakar Youths Centre, Minna, the state Commissioner for Youths Affairs, Hon. Samaila Ibrahim said the present administration was committed to youths empowerment and engagement so that they. Can contribute positively to the development of the state.

The Commissioner who was represented at the occasion by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Alh. Hussaini Ahmed said youth’s empowerment and engagement was a collective responsibility, and that non-governmental organizations such as the Millennium Africa Global Initiative have not been resting on their oars at ensuring that government efforts were well complemented.

He said the ministry was in partnership with Millennium Africa Global Initiative, and was ready to partner with any NGO that is willing to empower the youths to be self reliant.

While appreciating Millennium Africa Global Initiative for its vision and empowerment initiative for the teeming youths in the state, he assured that the ministry will continue to support the NGO both in kind and cash.

He also assured that the state government will continue to strengthen the existing relationship with the NGO, and urged the management of Millennium Africa Global Initiative to continue with the good work of empowering the youths in the state.

The Commissioner revealed that the ministry was still working on the modalities to provide a starter pack for the beneficiaries, which he said, will be provided as soon as all arrangement was concluded.

In his goodwill message, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Marafa Guni, who was represented by the Chairman of Marafa Foundation, Hon. Mohammed Ibrahim, commended the Millennium Africa Global Initiative for complementing government effort in giving the youths a sense of belonging.

He promised that as lawmakers, they will put in place laws that will provide conducive environment for the youths to realize their potentials and contribute to the development of the state.

In his presentation, the North Central coordinator of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) entrepreneurship programme, Prof. Cashmire Obialum, observed that entrepreneurship education is the answer to unemployment.

He stressed the need to include entrepreneurship education in the curriculum of courses studied in the higher institutions of learning, saying if this is not done, universities will close down in future because people may no longer go to university because at the end of their graduation, no job would be available.

Prof. Cashmire explained that knowledge, skills and attitude were key in entrepreneurship, knowledge, skills and attitude, but that  it was attitude that determines one’s success or failure after acquiring the knowledge and skills.

In his remark, the President of Millennium Africa Global Initiative, Mr. Marshall Okoro said, the organization had played its own part, and that it was left for the state government to fulfill its own side of the partnership by providing the beneficiaries with starter’s pack.

While urging the government to fulfil its promise, he said government may not be able to provide all the graduates with the starter’s pack, and appealed to well to do individuals to assist.

About 350 youths were trained in various skills which included catering, tailoring, and interior decoration, ICT and inverter installation, among others.

The Chairman of Chanchaga Local Government Council, Hon. Yusuf Inuwa Fuka, who was represented by Director, Information of the council, Alh. Baba Sule pledged to donate five brand new sewing machines to the organization.