Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, on Monday inaugurated Edojob Centers in Uromi, Esan North East Local Government Area (LGA) and Uzairue, Etsako West LGA, reassuring that his government will continue to prioritize youth, empowering them with skills and knowledge to compete globally and contribute to the sustainable growth and development of the state.

The employment centers were built by the Edo State Government in partnership with the German Development Agency, GIZ; Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and German Cooperation and Skills Development for Youth Employment (SKYE).

During the event, certificates were given to more than 30 young people from Uromi and Auchi for completing an intensive 10-day training program in photography and photo editing.

The governor said his government is paying critical attention to job creation and skills development, noting that his government will continue its efforts to ensure an enabling environment for businesses and other investments to flourish in the state.

He said, “Job creation and skills development are top priorities for my administration. While campaigning in 2016, I toured the state and promised that in my first term I would create at least 200,000 jobs. I knew the jobs would not come from the government but from the expansion of the private sector and the growth of the state economy. Today, EdoJobs has provided employment support and services to nearly 250,000 beneficiaries in Edo State.

“For us in Edo State, we are more concerned about tomorrow and we focus on young people because tomorrow is more important to us. That is why, as a government, it is a priority for us to invest in our young people.

“We will not stop to ensure that the bulk of our resources will be used to train our young people and redirect them to be strong to help us build a better society tomorrow. This is why we have devoted most of our resources to basic education.

“We are revamping our education system, orienting our students to learn in life and to move from the era of certificates to the era where they will be equipped and find work.”

Appreciating the support of partners in the development of various employment centers across the state, “These centers will create opportunities for job seekers to have direct access to job placement, career guidance and counseling and to acquire employability skills through the programs run in the various rural employment centers.”

“These are not just centers offering work and training opportunities, but also business centers, as we have business information offices that help provide information to help small businesses develop their activities by granting them loans on favorable terms, in particular loans to micro and small enterprises. .”

He added, “Today in Edo State, we have nearly N4 billion in small business loans provided by the government in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria and Bank of India. industry.

“I ask the CBN that instead of withdrawing small business credit at this time, they should allow us to apply for small business loans again from more businesses and even consider increasing the amount of these loans to allow us to give the opportunity to young people who start their own businesses. »