No fewer than 500 youths and women were  trained in different skills and empowered by Rep. Solomon Maren (PDP Mangu/Bokkos) of Plateau.

Maren also donated equipment to the General Hospitals in Bokkos and Mangu which included autoclaves, sterilizers, statoscopes, B.P. apparatus and mattresses.

Donating the equipment on Thursday in Mangu, Maren explained that the gesture was sequel to his findings during his February Medical Outreach at the hospitals.

“It is my resolve to build the capacity of our youths and women through vocational skills acquisition and job creation to cushion the bitting economic recession.

“After affording them various skills during their trainings at Ibadan, Ilorin and Gombe, I felt there is need to empower them financially to be self-reliant and become employers of labour.

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“I hope all the beneficiaries will make judicious use of the take-off grants by investing on the skills they were trained in, ’’ he stated.

Maren disclosed that most of the beneficiaries were trained in making of bread, pomade, soaps, juice making, knitting, tailoring, hair dressing, weaving and food preservation.

According to him, other reasons for the youths and women empowerment is to take their attention away from idleness and societal vices.

He said that most of the youth engaged in crime, drugs and other vices because they had nothing doing.

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Maren disclosed that in no distant time, some of his constituency projects, including class room blocks, electrification, roads, solar boreholes and hand pump boreholes nearing completion, would be commissioned for the people.

He called on wealthy individuals, corporate bodies and international bodies to help augment what the government was doing in training, to engage youths in useful ventures such as farming and small and medium enterprises.

Dr Ezra Dablet and Kemza Yakmut, Medical Superintendent and Matron of Mangu and Bokkos General Hospitals, expressed gratitude for the donation by Maren, whom they described as “a very good representative of the people’’.

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The legislator also donated 30 motorcycles to various groups, including CAN, JNI, women, youth associations and vigilance groups.

One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Janifer Mallo, thanked Maren for the gesture and assured that the grants would be put to judicious use to also touch the lives of others around them.

“We shall not, by God’s grace, disappoint you or our relations and friends, but judiciously put to good use what you have given to us today, this is a hope to move on with life, ’’ Mallo said.