WITH a vow to totally eradicate youth unemployment in the state, Kwara state governor Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed on Tuesday laid the foundation of the 1.5billion naira international vocational centre in Ajase-Ipo, Irepodun local government area.
Performing the foundation laying of the centre at the permanent site in Ajase Ipo, along Ijagbo Offa road the governor said the centre if completed will be the first of its kind in Africa.
According to him, the centre, when it becomes operational, will train youths who are school leavers and high school graduates in different vocations.
He explained that the youths will get training in agriculture, marine operation, hospitality and catering, textile among others.
He said the centre will also trained artisans like bricklayers and other technicians that are being sought from neighbouring countries for servives as a result of their expertise.
He said the state government will ensure that a centre that is of standard and good functional quality is built adding that the training of the students will be done in collaboration with a London based city and Gills .
He noted that the state government has made consultations with relevant youth trainers and employees before embarking on the project.
He said the project was conceived within the frame work of the state government share prosperity principle which is geared towards youth empowerment and human capital development.
He maintained that the educational reform of the state government is still on course as government is fully determined to ensure that education is taken to the next level for better development of the state.
Earlier in his address a representative of Ajase-Ipo community ,Barrister Rasak Alabi commend the state government for the siting of the project in the area.