(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Minister for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Senator George Akume, has disclosed plans by the Federal Government to spend N75 billion on youth empowerment, via community support, skill acquisition and other programmes within 3 years.
Akume said this while speaking at a youth rally in Makurdi, adding that for the year 2020, N12.5billion would be committed to the initiative.
Speaking further, the minister said that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had approved the funding, lauding Benue youths for conducting themselves peacefully during the EndSARS protests, adding also that the federal government had approved the dualisation of Keffi-Lafia-Makurdi-Otukpo-9th Mile road; the rehabilitation of Makurdi-Gboko-Katsina Ala road, as well as the construction of Makurdi-Naka-Adoka-Ankpa road along with the rehabilitation of Makurdi and Katsina-Ala bridges.
Akume called on the youths to continue supporting the Buhari administration, emphasizing that the administration, within its first three years, released several billions of naira to states in the form of bailout funds, budget support funds, infrastructure support funds, salary support funds and so on for the tackling of salary, pension and other matters, including infrastructure.
POTENTIAL IMPACT: The proposed empowerment programmes for Nigerian youths are highly laudable because they will help reduce the accelerating cases of youth restiveness, criminality and joblessness in the country, and boost the country’s general productivity levels.