Naija Yao to Empower 36,000 Youths through Block-Making, Construction

Youth Development and Actualisation Outreach,  a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has said that it is now set to mobilise and empower 36,000 Nigeria youths in the 36 states through a project it tagged: “Block Making and Construction”.

The NGO simply known as “Naija Yao” developed the project as a tool for youth empowerment and mass housing.

The President and facilitator of Naija Yao, Mr. Ifeanyi Williams Okeke who made this known in Abia State recently, said that the skill acquisition project is geared towards intensive training of youths on the manufacturing of building blocks and paving stones among others, through the use of special designed foreign block making machine known as “Egg Laying Machine”.
naija yao president Ifeanyi Okeke

Mr. Ifeanyi Williams Okeke (Naija YAO President)

Naija YAO according to the president was fully incorporated in 2014 and was born out of his passion to see a truly transformed Nigeria, which can only be made possible through the instrumentality of the youth who are the only future of our nation as investment in youth is a rewarding investment.

According to him, the project, as a tool for youth empowerment and mass housing and a sustainable solution to the creation of jobs for the youths, skills acquisition and mass housing, will have a Youth Secretariat in each of the six zones of the country. The secretariat will also act as a Vocational Learning Centre (VLC) where workers will be taught basic construction skills like brick-making, plumbing, roofing, tilling etc by Site Engineers, Foremen, Project Managers and Skilled Artisans.

The Project Sensitisation Seminar tagged “Block Making and Construction: A Tool for Youth Empowerment and Mass Housing”, which is aimed at training youths across the six zones to equip them with the most efficient and market relevant skills on the technology of brick/block making and general on-site construction will commence early next year beginning with Abia state .

The training will alleviate the national poverty burden by empowering youth, avail the populace with the opportunity of cheap, quality brick/ blocks, reduce the incidence of crime by meaningfully engaging the youth, promote mass housing and summarised the benefits of the project which he said are three pronged as; youth employment, skill acquisition and mass construction.

On the role the states in the zones in which Naija Yao would be domiciled would play, he said, “we are not soliciting financial support from them but we expect them to direct their line Ministeries to ensure that the right youths are engaged for the four months training including government standing as Sureties for the Naija Yao training graduates with respect to their securing grants and soft loans that will enable them to establish on their own according to the prescribed terms and conditions.”

He also said that state governments will also provide land of up to 30 to 50 hectares for the project stressing that where state governments play their expected roles and support and cooperate in his project; there will be reduction of youth unemployment and their related crimes.

He applauded Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State for establishing the “Education For Employment” (E4E) project, saying that because the state was also richly endowed with expanse of land and suitable raw materials like sand for the brick/block making, makes the state very suitable and viable for the Naija Yao project.

So if you are in Abia State or in the South East and wish to participate in this entrepreneurship programme next year, stay tuned with TTE as Naija YAO seem not to have an online presence yet (NO WEBSITE) but TheTotalEntrepreneurs will keep you up to date on their activities and if any further contact is release for the interested individuals, we will make it available to you.

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