The economic and social growth of any country is defined by the living standards of its citizens. Youths are critical to any nation. When young people succeed politically, socially, and economically, the nation directly succeeds.
Today, the challenges of youth unemployment is a major drawback for our country.
Under the restoration administration, we have been able to facilitate youth empowerment programs aimed at creating employment by training youths on entrepreneurial skills, from the SEEFOR project that affected the lives of no fewer than 1,226 youths trained in technical skills acquisition and money management, implementing youth focused policies with the potential of creating over 7,000 jobs for youths across the state, organizing in collaboration with the German government, a 15 month training programme for 100 Bayelsan youths in the area of solar energy, reforming the state’s civil service to create room to employ our professional and qualified youths and most recently, the inauguration and announcement of the approval of the sum of N500m, as a take-off grant for the Young Bayelsa Entrepreneur Network; a revolving loan, aimed at empowering the young entrepreneurs in addition to ongoing plans by the government to employ over 1,000 graduates into the state civil service.
We have equally announced the creation of a business incubation centre and entrepreneurial training institute, with a shopping mall located in the heart of Yenagoa, our State capital, where a number of the shops for business purposes only are expected to be ready and allocated soon, absolutely free, for a period of two years, after which beneficiaries would be made to pay a token. Further more, the Restoration Government established micro finance banks across the eight Local Government Councils of the State for access to loans for small scale businesses.
Our aim has been to create a Bayelsa where youths can participate competitively in various sectors; preparing them for the future; starting businesses and creating jobs.
It is imperative for us to promote the development and education of our young people today, so they may benefit from tomorrow’s global economy. Through them we can build a better Bayelsa, the Bayelsa we truly want.
I celebrate the youths in Bayelsa for their perseverance and courage. Happy World Youth Skill Day!