President Mohammadu Buhari has launched and showcased tricycles, motorbikes and other equipment for youth empowerment across the country.
The launch is under the auspices of the Presidential Youth Empowerment Scheme (P-YES). The event took place at the State House, Abuja, on Monday.
The Youth Empowerment Scheme (P-YES) is aimed at creating 774,000 jobs across the Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the country.
The launch was attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Ahmed Lawan. Also in attendance were Governors Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and Engineer Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State.
Buhari restated his administration’s commitment to youth development and poverty alleviation.
He pledged that the Federal Government policies of social protection and people empowerment. He said he would continue on track, despite the challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic.
The Youth Empowerment Scheme (P-YES)
The President described P-YES as a cornerstone of his administration’s social and economic development strategies. He said it was part of the overall policy of ensuring that 100 million Nigerians were lifted out of poverty in ten years.
”The P-YES is also part of the plan that we adopted in 2016 in which we empowered One hundred youths. The youth would be from each of the 774 Local Government Areas. They would be empowered with the necessary tools to acquire skills and
”Given the success of that initiative, we are now committed to creating 774,000 jobs across all the LGAs, through the P-YES programme,” he said.
President Buhari, who took a tour of P-YES tools and equipment displayed at the forecourt of Presidential Villa, expressed delight that the materials showcased represent the fruits of the initiatives embarked upon by his administration in 2016.
”All the tools, machines and equipment that are exhibited here, are products of the efforts of these empowered youth entrepreneurs.
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”I note with particular pleasure that they were all fabricated in Nigeria by Nigerian youths using locally sourced materials. This is a wonderful and uplifting achievement.
”As an entrepreneurship empowerment project, the P-YES programme aims to address the needs of unskilled and less educated youth.
”It targets key areas of activities that are of practical importance and are essential to every aspect of our economy.
”These include areas such as agriculture and food processing, restaurant and catering, tailoring and fashion design, technical skills such as in the Information and Communications Technology sector, artisanship, welding, carpentry and joinery, other small businesses and activities associated with the micro-economic sector of this economy,” he said.
The President used the occasion to call on State Governments, Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government to factor the P-YES into their programmes to assist the youth realise their potentials in their chosen fields.
He urged local and foreign private sector operators in Nigeria to also contribute their share to the expansion of this programme through channelling their corporate social responsibility efforts towards skills acquisition, creation of start-ups, and other intervention measures.
President Buhari declared that the expansion of the P-YES would now be vigorously pursued, adding that more resources will be committed to the achievement of its goals and objectives towards youth empowerment and entrepreneurship development.
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