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Kogi Speaker Tasks Youths on The Need to Acquire Vocational Skill


By: Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja

The speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Umar Imam Ahmed has admonished  Kogi youths to acquire  necessary  vocational  skills that will prepare  them for the  eventual  take off of Ajaokuta Steel company.

Ahmed who made this admonition during  this during the of the tour of his constituency in Lokoja.

According to him,  the Federal  Government  have signified it’s intention to kick start the moribund Ajaokuta Steel company but lamented the lack of skill personnel in kogi state  that  will work  there when it eventually  takes  off.

The speaker therefore  announced  his plans to train 50 youths  through the Nigeria /Korea friendship  initiate  vocational institute in  various vocational  enterprises to prepare  for  the the eventual  take off.

Ahmed  said unemployment will soon be a thing of the past in the state as the state sixth Assembly under his watch are liaising with the federal government on how the projects will be completed for the benefits of the people.

The company which was built during the then Soviet Union is 98% completed having gulped over $4billion and needs only $1billion  to start up it’s first  phase.

Meanwhile, No fewer than 150  artisans have benefited from the empowerment scheme sponsored by the speaker of the kogi state house of Assembly honorable Ahmed Imam.

Ahmed who visited ward A,  B, C and D explained to his constituents that despite forces that mitigated his stay in the house in the first year among which are court litigation, leadership tussle, he remained focused to give back to his people who he represents.

Accounting for his stewardship to his people, the lawmaker pointed that in education, huge success has been recorded just as scholarship were given to deserving candidates, writing material were distributed to schools to brighten the future of his people.

Ahmed  who maintained that education remains the brain box for any meaningful development in the state, observed that  social vices such as kidnapping, armed robbery, corruption will be reduced to it nearest minimal.

On human capital development, Imam Observed that those that are driving the economy are small and medium enterprise.

” I don’t believe that empowering youths is by giving them #10,000. The next time you will see them is computer village buying handset. Politician should allow the youths to feel their impacts in the country.”

The lawmaker while promising to empower over 100 women from his constituent also emphasised the need to identified with women who will impact meaningfully to the society.

” if you educate a woman or empower her you have empowered a nation” the Speaker stated.

Highlight of his legislative tour is the official opening of his constituency office in Lokoja.


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