Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has unveiled yet another Vocational Training Institute at Shani town, in the southern part of the state.
At the commissioning at the weekend was Emir of Shani, Alhaji Mohammed Nasir Mailafiya.
The Institute has 14 workshops designed to train youths on tailoring and fashion design, hairdressing and cosmetology, welding, plumbing and pipe-fitting, carpentry and joinery, building technology, electrical works, solar panel and installation, automobile and mechatronics, agricultural technology, knitting and crocheting, aluminium fabrication, and ICT.
The Institute is designed to train and graduate two sets of initial 2,000 trainees per annum with a plan to increase the capacity to 4,000 trainees every year.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, Zulum noted that his administration will domesticate basic literacy and numeracy, digital literacy and vocational skills among people in rural areas.
Shani’s multi-billion Vocational Institute was one of two unveiled by Governor Zulum in southern Borno in the last one week.
The governor had, on Thursday, unveiled a similar vocational training institute with 15 workshops in Biu town.
According to a statement on Sunday by the governor’s spokesman, Mallam Isa Gusau, Zulum’s administration has so far built five Vocational Training Institutes and rehabilitated 19 small Technical Skills Centres across the state, including those owned by some community-based organisations (CBOs).
He said the objective is to train thousands of youths on self reliance as part of measures to address mass unemployment.
He noted that Zulum was in Shani and Biu in company of Secretary to the State Government, Mallam Bukar Tijjani, Head of Service, Barrister Mallam Fannami, members of the Borno State Executive Council and some top Government officials.