As part of its agenda to raise more entrepreneurs across the country, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has gone into partnership with the wife of Taraba State Governor, Mrs Anna Ishaku, for the purpose of training 10,000 unemployed youths.
The partnership under the First Lady’s Hope Afresh Foundation, according to a statement, is to train the first batch of 220 participants at the first instance.
Speaking on the partnership, a representative of the Enterprise Development Centre at the apex bank, Alhaji Abubakar Umar, said the trainees would be taught how to write bankable business plans that will help them ac- cess loans for their businesses after the 16-week training.
Commending Mrs Ishaku for the programme, he said that the banking watchdog would partner Taraba Micro Finance Bank to ensure that participants had access to loans of between N1million and N3 million for individual and between N3 million and N10 million for groups to start their businesses.
On her part, the governor’s wife pointed out that the training would create jobs among the youths in the state, stressing that the level of poverty in the state was alarming.
She commended the CBN for accepting to relocate Enterprise Development Centre from Maiduguri zonal headquarters to Taraba for the purpose of the training, saying, “I was told by the officials of CBN when they visited me that out of 8,000 people trained in the north-east so far, only 10 persons from Taraba State participated.”
Calling on the participants to take the training very seriously to enable them become experts in their various trades, she noted that low participation of Taraba youths in the programme compelled her to go into part