The Sokoto State Government on Monday said it had earmarked N229.5 million for the training of 2,300 young people as youth marshals in the state.
The Commissioner for Special Duties, Alhaji Abdullahi Dange, made this known in Sokoto while handing over 2,300 forms to local government officials for distribution to interested applicants for the training.
Dange said that the forms would be distributed in the 23 local government areas in the state and that each area was entitled to 100 forms.
“It is expected that 100 youths from each local government will benefit from the marshals training programme which will employ youths from 18 years to 35 years.
“The marshals training will be divided into three groups comprised of traffic marshals, environmental marshals and security marshals,” he explained.
The commissioner called on youths in the state to utilise the opportunity provided by the programme to eradicate criminal acts, unemployment and poverty in the state.
He assured that the programme would be sustained to give opportunities to more people to participate in the provision of security of lives and property of the people.
In his remarks, the consultant of the programme, Alhaji Shehu Ya’u, commended the state government for the concept and for setting machinery in motion for its actualisation.
According to him, this initiative will surely reduce crime and the level of unemployment will be similarly reduced to the barest minimum in the state.
He stated that the training would commence immediately and that it would last for six weeks. (NAN)