*As state government signs MOU with partners.
By Bishop Aturu.
The state coordinator of Youth Employment and Social Support Operations (YESSO), Mr. Noah Alilu has disclosed that the Nigeria Korea Friendship Institute (NKFI) is set to train 1050 youths in the state on vocational and technical skill.
He made this known during the signing of memorandum of understanding between the state government, National Directorate of Employment (NDE) and the Nigeria Korea Friendship Institute in Lokoja recently at the SSG office.
According to Noah, the training is a step up from other trainings YESSO has had done in the state, while noting that NKFI been one of the best institution in West African was selected to execute the training which is fully sponsored by World Bank.
He further disclosed that, beneficiaries are entitled to monthly stipend for their up keep for the 9 months period, which he said will be paid electronically into the beneficiaries bank accounts by the World Bank.
While noting that 50 youths from each of the 21 Local Government Areas of the state will be selected for the training, he emphasized that the beneficiaries are the poor and vulnerable youth captured by the team of YESSO into the Single Register (SG) domiciled with the World Bank.
Earlier in her remark, the Secretary to the state government, Folashade Ayoade thanked Governor Yahaya Bello for making the welfare of youths in the state a major cardinal project of his administration.
She further thanked World Bank and other partnering agencies for the support given to the state, while urging the beneficiaries to take proper advantage of the life changing opportunity, as she urge NKFI to render quality service for the state.
In his reaction, the Director General of National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Mr. Nasir Ladan, who was represented by the state coordinator NDE, Mal. Zakari Abubakar, thanked the state government, World Bank and YESSO for the quest to eradicate poverty among youths in the state.
He further assured that the facilities at NKFI have been adequately supervised and they will ensure to monitor the success of the train from time to time.
The principal of NKFI, Mr. Okewu Arome stressed that the institute is fully ready to deliver quality services to the trainees, as facilities and instructors needed are on ground.
He further disclosed that the training will last for 9 months (3 month internship and 6 month internship attachment) with a starter kits to be given to the trainees on there various trained skill.