THE Niger State Government says it is targeting 2,000 youths in its Chain Youths Scheme Acquisition (CYSA) programme in 2017.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the programme focuses on training youths in various skills, with the graduates given employment or some financial support to start-up their businesses.
Mamman Musa, the Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, while defending his ministry’s budget before the State House of Assembly on Monday in Minna, however regretted that the scheme could not meet its 1,000 target in 2016.
“In 2016, we targeted 1,000 youths under the programme, but we were only able to empower 250 youths,” he said.
He disclosed that 15 youths, out of the 250, were sponsored to the Nigerian Aviation College in Kwara State, where they trained as flight dispatchers.
He expressed optimism that the targeted figure for this year would be met, and urged the legislators to support the scheme by approving its budgetary proposal.
On sports development, Musa said that N300 million had voted into the 2017 budget for the completion of the Minna Stadium.
“Completing the stadium has become necessary given the huge cost of having the state-owned football team, Niger Tornadoes FC, play its home matches in the Nigeria Professional Football League, in Lokoja,” he said.
Musa Sule, Chairman, House Committee on Sports, in his remarks, called for greater synergy between the committee and the ministry, especially on measures to engage youths in productive ventures.