By DUMAH RANDONG
Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State has assured of his administration’s resolve to support any organisation with good initiative to engage the youths in gainful economic empowerment.
Lalong stated this when the Chairman, African Union Sixth Regional and Policy Officer Diaspora, Focal Point of the African Union Commission, Oyekachi Kalu paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Rayfield, Jos, last Thursday.
The African Union Sixth Region is an organisation comprising investors of African origin with to engage and participate in the socio-economic development of African countries.
Represented by his Deputy, Prof. Sonni Gwanle Tyoden, the governor appreciated the initiative by the organisation, which he stressed was in line with his administration’s policy on youths empowerment , powered by the Plateau State Micro Finance Development Agency which provides the required skills for youths to be self reliant.
Lalong however, advised the organisation to link up with the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora Commission before engaging the states into any official agreement.
Earlier, Chairman, African Union Sixth Region, Onyekachi Kalu disclosed that African countries were grouped into six geographic regions in 2003 to encourage the participation of people of African origin living outside the continent in the development of Africa.
He explained that the organisation would launch a one million job initiatives by next year to cover a period between 2020 to 2021 in the areas of education, entrepreneurship, employment and engagement in skills development.
Kalu pointed out that youths were their focus and would put in adequate programmes that would discourage them from migrating to other countries.