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    Friday, March 28, 2014

    Bauchi to establish technology incubation centre -Govt

    The Bauchi State Government on Friday said it had concluded plans to establish a Technology Incubation Centre that would train a minimum of 1000 youths annually in various trades.

    The State’s Commissioner for Science and Technology, Alhaji Bala Abdullahi, made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Bauchi.

    He said that N24.19m contract had already been awarded for the renovation and fencing of the temporary site, before making arrangement for a permanent site.

    Abdullahi said that the centre, if properly positioned, would reduce poverty through employment generation.

    He explained that government’s intervention in that regard was to establish a positive environment that could nurture technology-based small and medium scale enterprises for sustainable development.

    “The centre would generally focus on nurturing technology intensive enterprises and knowledge-based ventures.

    “The target is mainly the youths, especially school drop-outs, to learn basic skills to fend for themselves.

    “They would be trained on carpentry and joinery, metal work, electrical electronics and building technology, among others.

    “They would not only be equipped with skills, but would also be trained on how to sustain the business, with a view to earning steady income and improving their living standard.

    “By giving them this opportunity, the rate of poverty will drastically reduce in the state,” Abdullahi, said.

    He called on stakeholders, especially the private sector, to support the state’s drive for technological advancement for sustainable development.

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