The State Government has expressed delight at the development of youths by CUSO International in Nigeria through its empowerment and skill acquisition programmes.
The Deputy Governor, Professor Ivara Esu stated this recently when a delegation of CUSO International Organization led by the Country Director in Nigeria, Mr. Ebrima Osonko paid a courtesy call on him in Government House.
Professor Esu remarked that, CUSO International is a renowned organization in Nigeria with a lot of volunteers in various disciplines that have impacted positively on Nigerian youths.
He maintained that, CUSO has done a lot in the training of youths in the area of Gender development, Health, Information Communication Technology (ICT), Agriculture, skilled development among others.
The Deputy Governor expressed appreciation to the Canadian Government for doing a lot in Nigeria and the State in particular, in the area of man power and economic development and called on CUSO International to continue their various programmes while pledging Government’s support to enable it to achieve the desired results.
Earlier, the Country Director in Nigeria, Mr. Ebrima Osonko said the purpose of the visit was to see the faces behind the good works in the State and to interact with a view to setting feedback.
Mr. Osonko pointed out that CUSO International programmes are in consonance with that of the State Government’s empowerment programmes as the organization is quite aware of the efforts of the State Government to address youths’ unemployment.
The Country Director explained that, based on the efforts of Government, CUSO has developed a project for “You Lead” to help undertake training on various programmes that would assist in addressing youth unemployment and enhance economic emancipation.
In a remark, the Chief Executive Officer of CUSO International, Canada, Glenn Mifflin expressed excitement at what the organization has achieved in the State working with the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
Mr. Mifflin said, the Organization is operating in three (3) Countries of the World; Columbia, Tanzania and Nigeria with Nigeria having the highest number of youths already trained in various fields.
He also disclosed that, the gender equity in youth training and empowerment in Nigeria is 50-50 ratio which is in line with CUSO International policy.
Those in attendance were the Secretary to the State Government, Tina Agbor, Commissioners for Agriculture, Professor Anthony Eneji, ICT, Mr. Offu Aya, Climate Change, Dr. Alice Ekwu and Environment, Mr. Mike Eroye as well as the Permanent Secretary, International Donor Development Agency.