Rep.Umar Bago, (APC-Chanchaga) said he had trained no fewer than 10,000 youths and women in various trades under the skill acquisition programme for his constituents.
Bago in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Tuesday said that about 5,500 youth were trained on such skills as electrical installation, bricklaying, carpentry/joinery and plumbing,
Other skills include pipe fitting, painting, driving, auto mechanic and POP making, motor cycle repairs, cell phone repairs, motor Mechanic among others.
He said that each of the beneficiaries was also provided with basic tools to start businesses of his own.
The Rep stated that 4,500 women were trained in cosmetics, tailoring, bead making, kitchenette, shoes and bag making, soap making and leather works, among others.
“We empowered them with takeoff grant to start business of their owned,”,he said.
Bago noted that there was the need to support women, a reason the programme was organized to make them more relevant in the society.
“What prompted my decision to organize this program is to fulfill one of my campaign promises and to thank the people for giving me the privilege to serve them.
“The present economic reality in the country necessitates the need to empower women to reduce financial burden on their husbands and to reduce youth restiveness.
“We have already succeeded in training our women on how to make varieties of soaps,’’ he added.
Bago called on the youth to shun all kinds of violence to ensure smooth implementation of the electoral process.
The lawmaker observed that it was only through peaceful atmosphere that free, fair and credible elections could be possible.
“I enjoin all stakeholders especially political class and those seeking elective positions to preach the principles of political tolerance and understanding among ourselves.
“It is only by so doing that the desire of Nigeria to conduct transparent elections will be a reality,” he concluded. ( NAN)