Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi has urged youths in the state to engage themselves in a meaningful endeavour that would bring dignity and prosperity to them and the society.
Bello gave the advice when some of the beneficiaries of the State Government’s skills acquisition programmes visited him at his Okene residence on Sunday.
The beneficiaries are currently undergoing training with an indigenous metallurgical company called ”LEROI Resources”.
The governor emphasised on the need to train youths in various skills in order to meet the manpower demands in industries and equip them for opportunities to be self-reliant.
He stressed the importance of enrolling youths in skills acquisition especially in metallurgical fabrication.
He said that the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari had embarked on the construction of a 614km gas pipeline from Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano under the NNPC.
Bello said the youths who were trained on pipeline welding and metallurgy would be an advantage in gaining employment.
He, therefore, urged youths across the country to engage themselves in a meaningful skills.
Earlier, the company’s Managing Director, Mr Kabiru Raji, who led the team of the beneficiaries on the visit, thanked the governor for the support the company had received in the course of the training.
Raji said the company specialised in outsourcing, training and management of industrial welders and poised to equip trainees with adequate theoretical and practical knowledge.
”In partnership with the state government, LEROI is currently training about 350 young men and women on pipeline building and other welding activities,” he said.