SURE-P: 8,500 Youths, Women To Be Empowered in Taraba
The Taraba State government, Saturday said that about 8,500 youths and women would be empowered with various skills through the federal government’s Subsidy Reinvestment Programme (SURE-P).
Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Social Welfare, Alhaji Abdulhadi Haruna Lau, who disclosed this during the flag-off of the second phase of SURE-P implementation, said that the first phase of the programme recorded a “big success’’ with over 10,000 youths empowered.
He said the youths, drawn from the 16 local government areas of the state and Yangtu Special Development Area, would be trained in computer, fingerlings production, welding, vulcanising, paint-making, tailoring, food processing, liquid detergent making and shea butter production, amongst others.
Abdulhadi said the training programme, which is to last for three months, would be held in three zones of the state, namely: Jalingo (northern zone), Bali (central zone) and Takum (southern zone).
He said adequate preparations have been put in place by the implementation committee to ensure effective execution of the programme, adding that a monitoring/evaluation team, comprising of experts, has been set up to monitor the programme.
Speaking at the event, Taraba acting governor, Alhaji Garba Umar, expressed delight with the programme, which he said had addressed the challenge of unemployment amongst youths and women in the state.
He urged the beneficiaries to maximise the opportunity by acquiring requisite skills that would enable them to be self-reliant and contribute positively to the development of the state.