The Federal Government is set to create 6,000 direct new jobs as parts of efforts to commemorate the 2016 International Youth Day (IYD).
The Senior Special Assistant President Muhammadu Buhari on Youth and Student Affairs, Nasir Sa’idu Adhama, made the disclosure on Thursday in Abuja.
The IYD is an awareness day designated by the United Nations to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth all over the world.
The theme of this year’s celebration is “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production”.
Speaking on the theme of the 2016 IYD, Adhama said government was establishing textile clusters within the six geo-political zones where 1,000 unemployed youth from each geo-political zone will be trained and provided with facilities like sewing machines, fabrics and other equipment.
The training, which is set to take off in the next 60 days, seeks to engage a total of 6,000 youths who will be trained, while those with prior training, will be retrained.
“What we are looking at is after the training, state governments will provide the beneficiaries with opportunities to sew school uniforms for primary and secondary school students in the states. This will take away negative thoughts and idleness from them”, he said.
He, therefore, enjoined all stakeholders to focus on the role of youths in ensuring implementation of the theme of this year’s celebration.
He said towards achieving the 2030 agenda for sustainable development, and in line with the UN, the development and promotion of individual choices and actions that increase the eco-efficiency and consumption of all, and minimise waste and pollution, must be encouraged.