By Faith Awa Maji, Katsina
Two hundred women and girls who were trained on various skills and vocations have graduated from the Katsina Vocational Training Centre today, Thursday.
The vocational centre founded by late Inspector-General of Police, MD Yusuf over 10 years ago, trained and empowered thousands of youth from across the State.
Governor Aminu Bello Masari who was represented at the occasion said that the initiative was in part of his administration’s policy of youth empowerment aim in tackling unemployment.
Also, the former Wazirin Katsina, Dr. Abubkara Lugga, noted that it is difficult to separate youth unemployment from the prevalence of security challenges bedeviling the country.
Dr. Lugga said, tackling youth unemployment should be of topmost priority of government at all levels, noting that, otherwise, the problem posed by the Boko Haram in the North-East of Nigeria may soon become a child’s play.
“You cannot stop insecurity, drugs abuse and related criminality when the youth are unemployed or have nothing doing but see children of politicians living in affluence, spending money they didn’t work for.”
In an interview shortly with journalists after the event, Coordinator of the Vocational Training Centre, Muhammad Danjuma Katsina said through the centre’s intervention, they were able to transformed criminals who have now become useful to the society as well as youth.
Distribution of sewing machines, other equipment and cash grants to beneficiaries as business starter-packs were parts of the ceremony.