The wife of Kaduna State Deputy Governor, Mrs Ladi Bala Bantex, has said that many youth especially in the Southern part of Kaduna State are trapped in poverty but added that there are now window of opportunities for them to be productive.
The youth who are now currently undergoing counseling and training in different specialties at the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) facilities, would be supported to embark on businesses, schools and other traits that will help them in life.
The Deputy Governor’s wife speech which was read by the wife of Kaura LGA Chairman, Mrs Jerusha Alexander, said there are about 1.8 billion young people in the world representing a staggering amount of human potential.
“Yet too many of them are trapped in poverty, with few opportunities to learn or to earn a decent living. The world now has the largest generation of young people in history. I place great hope in their power to shape our future, the growth that can occur when a population shifts from one with many dependents and comparatively few working–age people to one of many working –age people with fewer dependants will helped produce unprecedented economic growth in several homes and villages of southern Kaduna,” Ladi Bantex said.
Speaking earlier, SOKADEF National Coordinator, Dr. Rikichi Kajang said the organization is targeting about one million youth for the empowerment programme in the next one year.
He said the organization carried out research in different areas in the southern part of Kaduna State and realized that many youth in the area lack the necessary skills for employment.
“SOKADEF has a dream that the time has come for us as a people Southern Kaduna to chart the way forward for a better and more prosperous community. The time has come for us to create a land where milk and honey flow,” Dr Kajang said.
“We are aware that nowadays, virtually everything in the Society has been politicized. Since the Southern Kaduna youth do not operate from a vacuum, they are also part of the society and our organization is poise towards empowering the Nigerian youth,” Dr. Kajang added.