Plans are currently underway by the Sokoto State government to unveil the Sokoto Youth Economic Empowerment Project (SO-YEEP).
Designed to involve thousands of youths across the 3,032 polling units of the 23 local government areas in the state, the project, explained Gov. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, will include skills training, direct disbursement and mentoring.
Governor Tambuwal stated this at the inauguration of the Sokoto state chapter of the
elected executives of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) and the Federated Organisation of Sokoto State Students Organization (FOSSOSA), held at the auditorium of Sultan Maccido Institute of Qur an and General Studies in the state capital.
The governor, who said that the state government is aware that majority of the youths have lots of businesses and ideas but lack start-up capital, assured that arrangements have reached advanced stage towards esterblishing the Sokoto Youth Development Fund (SOYDEF) to assist them.
”This is in continuation of our efforts in making Sokoto youths not only self reliant but also employers of labour and creators of wealth,” he added, while challenging them to be very focused towards the realization of the Youth Development Agenda of his administration.
He said his admnistration is focused on transforming the State through numerous ongoing projects and programs that includes the ongoing construction of a new ultra-modern sports complex and indoor sports hall.
He said the two facilities will be the launching pads for the grooming of future champions from the state in the arenas of national and international competitions.
The governor used the occassion to inform the gathering that the state government has paid over N740 million as examination fees to the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the National Examination Council (NECO).
In his address, the state commissioner of youths and sports Development, Comrade Bashir Usman Gorau thanked the governor for giving the youths opportunity to serve in different capacities.