The Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, on Wednesday, collaborated with the African Network Center, ANC, and the technical team of ‘Morocco Gateway’ towards engaging up to 7000 youths in agriculture and skills training in the state.
The governor disclosed made the disclosure while receiving the Director-General of the ANC, Shuaibu Gara-Ahmad and members of the technical team of Morocco Gateway at Government House, Damaturu.
According to him, the partnership is meant to reduce youth unemployment and boost economic activities in the state.
Mr Buni, who was represented by his deputy Idi Barde-Gubana, said the collaboration would focus on agriculture, commerce and the fight against desertification, among others.
“We hope to establish close linkages to modernize our livestock and animal reproduction capacity and the establishment of date farm plantations to serve as avenues of desertification control and economic empowerment for our people, the collaboration should also include skills training,” he said.
He, therefore, disclosed that currently the state had embarked on the resuscitation of dormant state-owned industries as a means of diversifying the economy and enhancing agricultural and commercial value chains.
The governor also noted that his administration in working hard to retool and revitalize the education sector so that children and young people in the state have access to the best education possible.
He said this reason that the administration recently convened a retreat and a summit on education and agriculture respectively to help the state make progress.
“In keeping with our partnership, we should explore more avenues of working closely and collaboratively between Moroccan Universities and the Polytechnic of Rabat on the other hand and our state University, our University Teaching Hospital and all our Colleges on the other to scale up research and capacity building exchanges in diverse fields,” he said.
On his part, the DG of the ANC, said they were in the state for assessment tour of the education, health, agriculture, and commerce and tourism sectors for intervention and support.
Mr Gara-Ahmad said when implemented, the initiative will create over 7000 jobs to the teaming youths of the state, noting that they are determined to ensure the actualization of the partnership with the state government.