By Gabriel Yough
Jalingo – Mrs Anna Ishaku, the Wife of Taraba State Governor and Founder, Hope Afresh Foundation, says her foundation has gone into partnership with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to train 220 unemployed youths in the state.
Ishaku disclosed this in Jalingo on Wednesday while inspecting facilities at the Skills Acquisition Centre of Taraba State University in preparation for the take-off of the training.
She said the exercise was intended to build capacity and help to make participants self-reliant.
The wife of the governor said that the training would be open to women, youths, physically challenged and all interested unemployed persons.
Mrs Helen Douglas, the Project Manager of Hope Afresh Foundation, said the CBN Entrepreneurship Development Training had been in existence for over two years in the North-East zone.
According to her, most of the states in the zone had been benefitting from the CBN gesture.
She expressed regret that Taraba had not been able to key into the scheme due to the ‘I-Don’t-Care’ attitude of the people.
“The training for this zone normally holds in Maiduguri, the zonal headquarters, but because of the distance, the Governor’s wife requested that the training for Taraba citizens be done in Jalingo.
“The training is open to everyone that is interested and will last for four weeks for theoretical training and eight weeks for internship.
“At the end of the training, participants will be issued certificates as well as connected to particular financial institutions where they will get loans to start up their businesses,” she said.
The project manager also announced that the first batch of the beneficiaries would commence the training on April 7. (