About 50 Katsina youths beamed with joy as they received laptops from the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN)
Dikko Radda, Director-General of SMEDAN, while the distribution was going on, announced that this initiative was designed to support the promise of President Muhammadu Buhari to lift one hundred million Nigerians above the poverty line in the next 10 years.
Radda disclosed that this wasn’t only in Kastina but a total of 300 youths are involved across the country, with 50 participating in each of the six geo-political zones – Bauchi for the North East, Kogi for North Central, Katsina for North West, Ebonyi for Southeast, Osun for Southwest and Akwa Ibom for Southsouth.
He stated further that, “The objective of the empowerment exercise is to encourage the design and development of internet-based platforms for the idle youths to engage in, create online jobs for the youths and channel their attention from internet fraud to more engaging and profitable ventures. I advise the beneficiaries to utilize this opportunity to be useful to themselves and the country at large.” Radda also advised the youths to form cooperative groups for easy recognition by governments.
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry Mannir Talba, who represented Governor Aminu Masari, praised SMEDAN for the initiative, saying the government has been partnering SMEDAN on several empowerment programs that will benefit youths in the state.