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Youth Ministry To Collaborate With Katsina State Government On Job Creation

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Joel Ajayi


The Minister of Youth Development  Dr. Jamila Bio-Ibrahim has revealed the plan of her Ministry to collaborate with Katsina state government to create employment for Nigerian youths.


The Minister made this revelation while hosting the Executive Governor of Katsina Stare, His Excellency Dikko Umar Radda who led some members of his cabine on a courtesy visit to the Honourable Minister yesterday  in her office. 


 She disclosed the plan of her ministry to establish youth village project in Katsina state that will be built around commodities with comparative advantage  in the  agricultural value chain like cotton. 


” There is no better state to engage young people in cotton farming like Katsina. We hope to work with you to develop that value chain.”She noted  that it is one sector that is capable of generating jobs. 


She observed that the cotton from the north couldb be used to produce fabrics that can be supplied to other parts of the country like Aba market. thereby increasing economic interdependence and fostering equitable relationships  and brotherliness among Nigerians.


The Minister said the National Youth Bank will serve as a funding mechanism for the project that the Ministry wants to embark on when established. 


She further said that the Ministry is in the process of mobilizing partners and resources for all these projects and considers Katsina state as a partner from the northwest geo-political zone.


In his address, the Katsina state governor, Dikko Umar Radda, disclosed that he was in the Ministry to seek area in which his state could partner with the  youth ministry.
The governor emphasized that the focus of every administration should be on the teeming youth in the country if there must be development.


He said, *”For us to develop as a nation we need to develop the youth, we need to roll out plans,  initiatives and programmes that will have a bearing on the Nigerian Youth*.”
He stressed the need for  government  to ensure that the youths are fully engaged and equipped to drive the economic development of the country.


The governor lamented the current situation where youths are idle and redundant, warning that it could serve as a fertile ground for recruitment of bandits and other criminals. 


He said, ” I went round the 361 wards of my state during the electioneering campaign,  I have seen the time bomb that is awaiting this country if nothing drastic is done about youth development.”


Earlier in his opening remarks, the new permanent secretary of the Ministry, Dr Umar Ahmed Dunoma, welcomed the governor and expressed the readiness of the Ministry to collaborate with Katsina state.

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Fish Programme Estate To Be Ready For Commissioning As FGSHLB Affirms Completion Of 116 Housing Units

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The Executive Secretary of the Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board (FGSHLB), Mr. Ibrahim Mairiga has announced that the 116 housing units of two-bedroom bungalows at FISH Programme Estate in Gwagwalada are almost complete and will be ready for commissioning

The ES stated this in the course of a site inspection of the Estate by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOSF), Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, on Thursday, April 18, 2024. Mr. Mairiga confirmed that all necessary arrangements are being put in place in preparation for the commissioning. He assured that any remaining issues will be resolved before the proposed date.

Dr. Yemi-Esan, impressed by the progress, commended the FGSHLB for the development of the estate. She reiterated that the FISH Estate is specifically designed for core civil servants and expressed her intention to make the commissioning a highlight of this Year’s 2024 Civil Service Week in June 2024.

The HoSF also urged the Federal Ministries of Works, Power, and Water Resources to expedite action on their provision for internal roads, electricity, and water networks to meet the proposed commissioning date to ensure that the successful off-takers enter their houses without hassle.

The HoSF was conducted around the estate by the Executive Secretary of the Board and was accompanied by the Permanent Secretaries for Power (Mr. Mahmuda Mamman), Water Resources (Mr. Shehu Aliyu Shinkafi) and Works (Dr. Yakubu Kofar-Mata).

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