No fewer than 10,000 youths and women have benefited from the skills acquisition training programme under ‘ Future Assured’, a pet project of the Wife of President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, and have become owners of various businesses and entrepreneurs.
Mrs Buhari stated this on Thursday in Bauchi at a ceremony to roundup the training of the first batch of 1,000 beneficiaries of the women and youths empowerment programme in the state.
The Daily Times gathered that the programme was facilitated by the Bauchi State Commission for Youths and Women Rehabilitation and Development, BACYWORD in Bauchi.
The graduating 1000 beneficiaries were randomly selected from different women and youth groups from three local government areas of Katagum, Ningi and Toro of Bauchi State. The beneficiaries were trained based on their choice of vocation.
The women beneficiaries were taught on fashion design, interior decoration, event management, catering and leatherwork. Others were trained to produce cosmetics and household cleaning products, while the youths were taught carpentry work, phone and computers repairs, and furniture repairs.
Mrs Buhari said that the Federal government has approved N500billion for social Safety Network initiated by the President for the poor and less privileged persons in the country.
Mrs Buhari, who spoke at the closing ceremony of the skill acquisition programme at the Multipurpose Indoor Hall in Bauchi said, “The inception of the APC administration in the country, not less than 10,000 youths and women have benefited from the skill acquisition training programme under my pet project, ‘Future Assured” and have become owners of businesses and entrepreneurs”.
She also said that the Federal Government has approved N500billion for social Safety Network initiated by the president for the poor and less privileged persons in the country.
Mrs Buhari, who said that the turn out of women and youths for the skill acquisition programme in the state has portrayed their interest in income generation which at the long run, the economy of the nation will benefit from the scheme, assured that each beneficiary will get a starter pack.
She said, “I want to urge the beneficiaries of this laudable skill acquisition programme to make use of the skills, become employers of labour and solve your immediate financial challenge.
” Before I got married, I had only a secondary school certificate, so I am encouraging women to acquire education on time in order not to miss out on laudable interventions by the government”.
“This administration will continue to champion the cause of women and children in the areas of education, health, entrepreneurship, particularly those in disadvantaged positions”.
The 1,000 women and youths graduates of the skill acquisition programme beneficiaries in Bauchi state were presented with certificates by Mrs Buhari at the end of the occasion.
Bauchi State Governor Mohammed Abubakar had earlier commended Mrs Buhari for the women and youths empowerment programme in the state, saying that her labour and sacrifice for Bauchi State has yielded tremendous success and reward.
Governor Abubakar pointed out that his administration will continue to compliment the laudable initiatives of the wife of the president by implementing and giving adequate support to improve the lots of women and children in Bauchi state.
He said that BACYWORD, Ministry of Women Affairs and Child Development as well as the Ministry of Social Welfare, Youth and Sports were saddled with the responsibility of coordinating the empowerment programme in the state which include a wide range of economic and self enhancing skills.
Mrs Aisha Buhari presented certificates to the 1,000 women and youths graduates of her skill acquisition programme in Bauchi State.
Samuel Luka- Bauchi