Centre trains 180 youths on vocational skills in Katsina

The Katsina State Government-owned Community Skills Development Centre (COSDEC), Daura, has started training 180 unemployed youths in vocational skills  to empower them to be self-reliant.

The Principal of the centre, Alhaji Abdullahi Ingawa,  made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Daura on Tuesday.

He said that the training would be in six key vocational skills, including building and masonry, welding and fabrication, fashion and design, and hospitality and hotel management.

According to Ingawa, the other skills are electrical installation and information and communication technology.

Ingawa said that 30 persons had registered for each skill for the one year training.

He gave the assurance that the trainees would be given a seed capital after the skill acquisition being conducted by the state government in collaboration with a Britain-based group, UKaid.

According to the principal, the state government provided the structure, staffers and allowances of the trainees, while UKaid supported with tools.

Ingawa said that the centre also provided accommodation for 20 students on industrial attachment in the centre.

He said that the centre recently started training 25 students in the production of efficient cooking stoves.

The principal said the training was collaboration between the International Centre for Energy and Environmental Development, European Union (EU) Oxfam, Iceed and the National Planning Commission.

Ingawa appealed to the state government to provide functional vehicles for the centre as well as make permanent and pensionable, 14 resource persons on part-time appointment in the centre.

He lauded the state government and the Daura Local Council for support for the centre.

The principal specifically hailed Mr Abubakar Maaruf-Mashi, the council’s Director of Education and Social Welfare Development, for attracting six of the part-time workers.

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