Taraba State Government on Wednesday presented equipment to 448 graduates of skills acquisition training with a warning that any beneficiary caught selling out the equipment will be prosecuted.
The skills acquisition training is Governor Darius Ishaku’s pet programme which is coordinated by the state Ministry of Cooperatives.
Ishaku, while presenting the materials to the trainees who graduated from the scheme in Jalingo, charged them to utilize the tools to achieve self reliance.
He ,however, warned that any beneficiary found selling the equipment would be prosecuted because the essence of the scheme was to empower the youth, not to make quick money.
Ishaku told the beneficiaries that the programme was aimed at checking the unemployment among youth and women in the state.
He challenged them to continue to build on the skills acquired to enable them empower others within their various communities.
“The aim of this scheme is to tackle the menace of unemployment among youth and women.
“I urge all of you not to sell the starter materials given to you by the government, make good use of them so that you will empower others around you,” he said.
Ishaku also said he had approved the training of the third batch made of 648 youths and women with N10,000 stipends monthly for a three month training course.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation, Mr Abba Akawo said the scheme was already creating job opportunity for hundreds of youths and women across the state.
Akawo explained that beneficiaries of the first batch in March 2017 had employed many others in various communities across the state
He noted that empowerment areas covered solar energy, fashion design, computer appreciation, carpentry among others.
Mr Ali Jubrin, a beneficiary who was trained on solar energy, thanked the government for the opportunity to be able to produce devices that can make life better for others.
Our correspondent reports that computer systems, industrial sewing machines, solar panels among others were distributed to the beneficiaries.
It would be recalled that the state had empowered 335 youths and women in the first batch of the programme in March 2017.