Kaduna – Worried by the increasing rate of unemployment among the youths and women, the Kaduna State University (KASU) has commenced training of future job creators through its Entrepreneurship Research and Development Centre, to make the unemployed self-reliant.
The programme, Kaduna Entrepreneurship Volunteerism Service (KADEVS), targets 50,000 young entrepreneurs within the next few years.
It started with 250, including 10 from each of the 23 local government areas of the state and the university community.
Entrepreneurial skills to be explored include baking and confectionery, detergent and soap-making and handcraft such as shoes and bags coupling.
The theme of the programme is ‘Turning Kaduna State Women and Youths into Entrepreneurs through Volunteerism and Craftsmanship’.
The don explained what the programme is all about.
“KADEVS is a scheme where we are training 10 people each from the 23 LGAs in the state. KASU is also a municipal area; so if you add 10 from KASU, you will have about 250 women and youths.
“So we want to train and empower them as volunteers, so they will now be the ones training other volunteers, and through that volunteer scheme, they are going to secure jobs, they are going to secure respect, they are going to help their communities.”
Professor Muhammad Tanko, the vice chancellor of KASU, reiterated the institution’s commitment to reduce the rate of unemployment in the state, saying that the programme is aimed at helping the participants to realise their potential and capacity to create jobs.
“There is no doubt that entrepreneurship is the solution to any economy in the world. The centre is giving you opportunity to know that you can do it and that you can make it. At the end of this programme, you will know that you actually have potentials that you have been sitting on.”
Mrs. Nana Bade, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, who represented the Commissioner, appealed to the centre to give preferential treatment to women by increasing the number of women beneficiaries in the programme in the next phase.
She noted that “when you educate a woman you educate a nation,” adding that if women have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, it would be easier to eliminate poverty and unemployment because all her children will naturally earn the trade from their mother.