From Sa’adatu MAINA, Damaturu
The Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala-Buni says the state in collaboration with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), has acquired and distributed vocational tools worth N114 million to graduates of various skills acquisition training.
Governor Buni made the disclosure on Wednesday in Damaturu at the inauguration of members of the state’s Social Protection Council chaired by the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Idi Gubana.
He said the programme was part of the state’s effort to creating jobs and minimizing poverty.
Mala-Buni, represented by Gubana, said the state had also provided 500 hectares of land to 5,000 youths under its Irrigation Farming Programme.
He said the lands, acquired in Jakusko, Boloram, Mugura and Nguru would be used by the youths in cultivating food and cash crops.
The Governor said the state had recently harrowed 1,000 hectares of land, planted seeds and provided free fertilizer to youths in Damaturu under the Youth Farm Empowerment Programme.
“We intend to buy the product when harvested and use them as certified seeds in collaboration with Seed Council of Nigeria,” he said.
Buni noted that social protection is a collaborative effort of the State, Federal Governments and development partner at addressing poverty, inequality and joblessness.
He listed the terms and references of the council to include monitoring evaluation and review of policy, coordinating development partner contributions to social protection, among others.
Earlier, the representative of Save the Children, Mr Atiku Yola, said the organisation was helping people to overcome the aftereffect of insurgency.
He said 10,000 children would receive N5,000 as a monthly stipend for 33 months in some parts of the state.
Yola said the organization was also training health workers on the management of malnutrition in the state.