Al-Makura Pledges To Partner Relevant Agencies To Tackle Unemployment

Gov. Tanko Al-makura of Nasarawa State has promised to partner all relevant agencies to create job opportunities to the teeming unemployed youths in the state.

The governor gave the pledge during the inauguration of Awango by Total Solar Entrepreneurship project on Wednesday in Lafia. NAN reports that Awango by Total Solar Entrepreneurship project is a programme of Total Exploration and Production Nigeria and an NGO, Gender and Environmental Risk Reduction Initiative (GERRI).

According to him, “our APC-led administration in the state is ready to synergise with all relevant agencies to tackle the issue of unemployment in the state”. Al-makura, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youths and Sport, Mr Bulus Amuyi, said that the initiative was in-line with his administration’s programme on youth development.

He said that the programme was also targeted at providing loan opportunities and self-employment to youths. “Our doors are widely open to support private initiatives that would tackle youth restiveness and as well improve the economic potential of the state”, he said. Al-makura commended Total Exploration and Production Nigeria and GERRI for teaching 40 youths in the state on alternative power sources that would be safer, better and ultimately cheaper.

He also said that government was ready to discuss initiatives on bigger renewable energy facilities to address the prevailing energy deficit in the state. Earlier, the team leader of GERRI, Elizabeth Joy-yol, said that the project would empower rural communities with affordable and environment friendly solutions in lighting. (NAN)