Plateau State Government has said it would do everything possible to retrieve the N2billion meant for Small and Medium Enterprise Development for the state lost towards the end of the last administration.
Governor Simon Bako Lalong said this last Thursday during the maiden graduation of the first set of trainees under the Simon Bako Lalong Entrepreneurship Scheme (SLEMS) held at Crest Hotel Jos.
According to him, the present administration, has also captured in its 2017 budget, a matching fund of N2billion so that, it can access four billion naira in the bank of Industry for enterprise development.
He further said, the desire of the government was not only to provide skills, but to also, provide start ups and impute support that would kick start the business for immediate economic empowerment of the trainee.
“Our government is conscious of the fact that, empowering the targeted active manpower age grade of 18-45 years across all communities in the state, will help reduce the rate of poverty, youth restiveness and crime associated with unemployment”.
Earlier, the Director General, Plateau State Micro Finance and Enterprise Development Agency (PLASMEDA) Haggai Gutap said the programme would help in reducing poverty amongst the youths in the state.
According to him, the intervention would be a continues one, saying, the present government was committed to reducing of poverty among its citizenry.
About 2,889 graduated in different skills in its first phase of the scheme.