Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has appealed to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s Investment and Technology Promotion Office, UNIDO-ITPO, to assist the State to actualize its garment clusters across the 44 local government areas of the state.
“Already, we have about 4, 400 industrial sewing and knitting machines together with accessories, in our Local Government areas, which we require your assistance to get them working so that our youths can get something to do”, the governor stated.
He made the call while receiving a delegation from UNIDO-ITPO, who visited him at the Government House, saying the facilities are available for inspection and advice on how to put them into optimum use.
The governor explained that it was the desire of his administration to help youths and women to acquire skills, in order to turn the nation’s economy around, reiterating that in the process, strong institutions must also be developed, to make the set goals achievable.
In this regard, Governor Ganduje explained that his administration is constructing a multibillion Naira skills acquisition center to train youth on at least 24 identified skills, as part of efforts to fill the gap in the manpower needs of the state.
In their separate remarks, the Senior Specialist, Investment Promotion Division at UNIDO, Vienna, Mr. Stanislaw Pigon said they were in Kano to conduct a workshop for youth titled “Investment and Technology Promotion for the Non-oil Sectors of Nigeria: Innovative Solutions for Improving Financial Literacy of Youth Entrepreneurs”.
In her remarks, the Head, UNIDO Investment and Technology Promotion Office, Nigeria, Mrs. Adebisi Olumodimu explained that the primary target of the capacity building programme was to encourage youth in Kano to become economically independent.
Meanwhile, Governor Ganduje received a delegation of newly recruited indigenes of Kano that completed training into the Nigerian Airforce. While congratulating them, he stressed the need for them to be dedicated to national service, assuring that his administration would assist them whenever the need arises.