ByÂ Anayo Okoli
Umuahiaâ€”A TOTAL of one 1630 youths in Abia will be empowered under the stateâ€™s job creation scheme, which kicks off this October, Youth Development Commissioner, Mrs. Rose Ndimele has said.
According to the Commissioner,Â N85 million has been set aside for the programme.
Ndimele said the though the first phase of the scheme was meant to empower 1630 youths, however, 5,000 youths had purchased the job creation form instituted by her predecessor.
Ndimele disclosed that a data bank and research unit have been created for those who purchased the forms, and explained that the Ministry would always refer to the data bank to accommodate those not covered in the first phase.
She said that contrary to insinuations in some quarters that the state government was ripping-off the jobless youths by selling job creation forms to them, the scheme is real.
â€œThe take-off of the scheme was delayed because the forms sold to the applicants were too technical for the applicants and we had redesigned the forms,Â which will be given free to those who earlier appliedâ€, the Commissioner said.
Ndimele further said that the initial form sold to the applicants did not provide options for the applicants to choose from, pointing out that the circumstance made majority of them chose to train on Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
She said that the Ministry was partnering with National Directorate for Employment (NDE) and other relevant bodies, which would provide the necessary human resources and equipment not within the disposal of the Ministry.
The applicants, she said, would be trained in all fields of human endeavor, including agriculture and home management. She disclosed that state government would establish the businesses for beneficiaries and give them six months to pay back.
â€œMost youths are no longer interested in learning trades and we encourage them to identify with this scheme because it will help reduce crime in the stateâ€.