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become a reality we mobilized philanthropists, corporate bodies and government officials from far and near, Lagos, Abuja and where ever we could get funding. We took the model to the Federal Ministries and the agencies to get them to come to our aid, but none of them responded. We were lucky the late Gen Sani Abacha was the Minister of Defence then, and he bought the idea. The then governor of Kano State, Architect Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya linked us with the Kumbutso local government Chairman to acquire the land on which the institute was built today. Abacha was the Chief launcher and it was at the launching that we decided to name the place after him, based on his contributions to make the establishment of the youth development institute a reality.”
He maintained that the Centre within 30 years of its establishment has realized many of its objectives. “The Centre has trained well over 50,000 Nigerian youths in various fields of human endeavours. When the computer age came about the staff of Ministry of Finance were not computer literate and most of the staff were sent here for training. The Kano state government at a time was bringing its youth here for training. It even directed its 44 local governments to send their youths here for training in various skills. But the problem is when the state governments send their youths here for training, for us to get them to pay has always been a problem. It may take up to four or six years to pay us for the training we offered to their youths. Our training is practical intensive because most of them have not been to school at all, and others might as well be half-baked. It was not easy doing it as a conventional school. We have to channel our energy in the practical aspect of what we want to train them to be.
We don’t get any grant from anywhere not even the government. The Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports in the past used to give us an annual grant of N50,000, but it was too meager. They stopped giving it to us over 10 years ago, but we were not deterred because we have a mission. We know Nigerians youth wants to engage in useful vocations. What they lack is sponsorship to acquire skills. Because of poverty some of them could not finish school, some could not advance their lives to what they want to become. We want to cushion these areas, so that they could have a skill to be useful to themselves and to the society.
“For over four years now Kano State government has not brought any of its youths here for training, and it is owing the Centre over N40 million. Even though there was a MoU between the state government and this Centre, they have not been complying. They came here last year that they wanted to turn this place to a technical school. They were thinking Sani Abacha Centre belongs to the government. The governor then sent officials from the Ministry of Education without involving the Management of this institute. They just came here but when our lawyer said okay if they wanted to take it they must compensate us, they turned away and instead invited us for a Memorandum of Understanding. It was agreed that after every three months the state government would send trainees that would take all sessions of our programmes, but up till this time no one trainee has been sent here from Kano state government for the past four years. This Centre is in Kano and we have been having youth empowerment programmes,
Entrance to the Sani Abacha Youth Centre.
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