The Benue State government in partnership with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), have graduated and equipped 500 youths in the state with a charge on them to make judicious use of the skills acquired to develop Benue and the nation at large.
While the ITF also said it has plans to train another three hundred youths in various skills and graduate them by January, 2018, it appealed to the state government to partner it by sponsoring another two hundred to make a total of five hundred.
The youths were trained in five trade areas including fisheries, fashion and design, plaster of paris (POP) and garment making.
Presenting the youths with start up packs in their fields of endeavour, state governor, Samuel Ortom noted that skills acquisition is the prerequisite of any society that wished to build up a vibrant Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) sub sector.
He noted that the effect of their skill is with the aim of adding value to the economy of the state, as well making them employers of labour by contributing their quota to the development of the state and nation at large.
Ortom who observed that Benue has one of the highest number of unemployed youths in the state, also stated that the economic realities does not permit the government to make fresh employments.
The governor further charged the beneficiaries to work hard and have faith in God in order to succeed.
Earlier, Joseph Ari, the Director General, ITF declared the intention of the agency to train an additional 300 youths in the state between now and January 2018, adding that the development would reduce the incidences of restiveness among youths in the state.
He appealed to Governor Ortom to again partner the agency by sponsoring 200 additional youths to bring the total number to five hundred trainees by January next year.
The DG noted that the partnership with the state government was a demonstration of its commitment to rid youths in the state of idleness and joblessness.
Beneficiaries were presented with generating sets, sewing and garment making machines among others for them to start their businesses.