The Kebbi State Government has stepped up efforts on ensuring that youth across the State have better access to opportunities which are provided via online platforms.

This was disclosed by the Chief of Staff to the Kebbi State Governor, Alhaji Suleiman Muhammad Argungu, along with the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Babale Umar Yauri, during an interactive session with local government Sole Administrators in the Kebbi State Government House Chamber.

Alhaji Suleiman Argungu expressed that the State Governor, Sen. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu is worried about low awareness and challenges faced by youth in accessing opportunities available online, due to absence or inadequate ICT services in local government areas across the State.

The Chief of Staff also informed that the State Governor has ordered the immediate deployment of internet-ready computers and other peripherals to increase youth's accessibility to the opportunities. The affected local government areas include Aliero, Augie, Bagudo, Bunza, Dandi, Fakai, Gwandu, Kalgo, Koko Besse, Maiyama, Ngaski, Sakaba, Shanga, and Suru.

The Secretary to the State Government also disclosed that the Kebbi State Government is accessing about 400 application forms for entry into the Nigeria Military School (NMS), Zaria. He said the forms will be given out to interested and qualified candidates. He urged parents and Headteachers who believe that they have intellectually, mentally and physically sound children to approach the Special Services Department in the Cabinet Office for screening and collection of the forms.

Alhaji Babale Umar Yauri also urged indigenes of Kebbi State to explore opportunities being created by this administration to ensure that young people access self-help information, and also utilize them judiciously.

Earlier, the State Youth Empowerment Co-ordinator, Usman Buhari Ali states that the government will soon make accessible a system for developing database of youth and youth-focused community based organizations in the State. The system will also be used for creating linkages, gathering and disseminating information on youth opportunities available, both locally and internationally, including empowerment, employment, educational, and self development opportunities.

The State Co-ordinator also introduced the Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO), as one of the systems adopted by the State Government for creating sustainable jobs to youth aged 18 to 35 years, stating further that the Operation has three components, which are Skills for Job, Public Work Fare, and Conditional Cash Transfer.

The Sole Administrators commended the efforts of the State Government and assured of their full support towards the success of the systems.

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