Federal Government on Monday says it has commenced the process to engage 774,000 Nigerian youths for a three months empowerment programme.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono disclosed this when the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Kano presented a palliative support to 200 women in Gabasawa Local Government Area.

According to him, at least 1,000 youths from each of the Local Government Areas in Nigeria will be engaged in the programme.

He said that the youths would be engaged in a three months programme during which each of them would be paid N20,000 monthly.

Nanono added that such was part of the Federal Government efforts to ensure that Nigerian youths were not redundant.

In his remarks, the NDE Coordinator in Kano, Alhaji Iliyasu Ahmed said the palliative support was to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 faced by the women.

According to him, the support tagged, ‘Micro Enterprise Enhancement scheme’ is targeting those women whose income is affected due to the pandemic.

“We are giving the palliative to those women with small business, I believe with this support, if utilised, it will sustain their livelihood.

“It is in this view that NDE decided to give out it’s palliative to 200 women in this community,” he said.

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