The United Kingdom is to assist Gombe State Government in the areas of skills acquisition and youth empowerment for four years.
Programme Manager Skills for Prosperity of British High Commission, Mr Terseer Nyulaku, said, during a courtesy call on Governor Inuwa Yahaya in Gombe, that the intervention was to ensure that young people acquire valuable skills to make them employable and also create jobs for themselves.
He said the programme being implemented in the six Geo-political zones of Nigeria, had Gombe State representing the Northeast and would be implemented between 2019 and 2023.
“At the end of the day, by the year 2023, we hope to see a number of young people and women employing others in their business,” he said.
Mr. Nyulaku said they had currently started assessing the local economy of the state to enable them come up with skills that would be beneficial to the target groups.
On his part, Deputy Governor, Dr. Manasseh Daniel Jatau, thanked the British High Commission for choosing Gombe State out of the six states in the zone, saying the skills acquisition programme was necessary for the development of the state.
He pledged that his administration had placed emphasis on skills acquisition for unemployed youths, so as to make them productive.
“We have seen a lot of qualifications that are running in the street cannot help themselves. And we believe that skills acquisition is necessary if the state is to develop and the nation at large,” he said.