Sokoto state government (SOSG) has from 2019 to date spent the sum of over N5 billion on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) intervention programme.
This is as the state Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, today witnessed the graduation of 1700 youths solely trained by the state government on skills acquisition by his administration. These comprise 550 females and 1150 males.
At the ceremony organised by the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) 2021/2022 Youth Empowerment Intervention Programme in collaboration with Nabilhash Nigeria Limited, Governor Tambuwal said the graduates were exposed to 12 vocational skills that will make them employed and useful to themselves and the society.
“This moment is a watershed in the lives of all graduates because it is an important developmental stage. The trainees have acquired knowledge and skills, which is the beginning of an exciting new era, in which they will apply the knowhow towards making their state and the world a better place,” he said.
Tambuwal also said his administration has not only funded the training program, but also procured the modern tools that were distributed to each participant.
He implored the beneficiaries to utilize these items properly to ensure that they are self-reliant and economically independent, assuring that his administration will continue to lead in the area of human capital development and empowerment with the goal of ending poverty in the state.
He thanked partners of the government for providing the trainees with access to their operational networks, adding that the effort has bolstered the state government’s initiative of producing graduates with marketable skills.
“The government of Sokoto state is therefore, ready to collaborate with the private sector on capacity building programs. This is due to our belief that public-private partnerships are an effective means of empowering the people,” he maintained.
He assured those who missed out on this training package that they will be availed with another opportunity soonest.
In his address, the Special Adviser SDGs Sokoto Kabiru Aliyu, said the SDGs intervention in Sokoto state has done a lot especially on infrastructural development, education, health and water supply among others.
He enumerated that between 2015-date the intervention has yielded the renovation and equipping of over 128 schools, 23 primary healthcare centers (PHCs) and sinking of 38 motorized boreholes.