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More than N2 billion has gone into this area, which is a major priority of the administration. The Government has within two years established 52 Cottage Industries, utilizing the vast mineral deposits in the state.
The state government has set up 28 Paint Cottage Industries and 20 Chalk Cottage Industries at the total cost of N135, 790, 700.65. A total of 555 youths were trained. ( 332 youths are engaged at the 28 Paint Cottage Industries established at the cost of N78, 353, 350.65 while 223 youths work in the 20 Chalk Cottage Industries which were set up with N57, 437, 350. 00)
Four Fertilizer Blending Plants have been constructed at Batsari, Maiadua Safana and Bakori at the cost of N117, 961, 681 ( including equipment, laboratory facility, logistic and the training of 100 staff).
Government has disbursed N100 million interest free loan to about 6,000 traders and artisans under the Small Trades Special Credit Scheme.
It is also distributing N106 million under the Youth Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprises Loan Schemes. A total of 3,218 artisans and SME’s to benefit.
A census of SME’s in 28 trades was conducted in selected areas of the three senatorial districts and a total of 11,229 of such enterprises were registered under the first phase: 2,835 in Daura, 4,377 in Katsina and 4,017 in Funtua Senatorial Zones. The census was meant to guide the government in planning intervention portfolios for the SME’s
N96.05 million was spent by the government to train 50 youths on high tech welding at Nigeria Naval Engineering Training College, Sapele.
More than N301 million was spent on the construction and equipping of Youth Craft Village in Katsina. The Center will offer training in 16 different trades and is expected to train 2,000 youths annually.
2,374 indigenes of the state were assisted to secure employment in federal establishments
Issuance of solar powered mobile barbing kits to 500 youths at subsidized rate. The kits were procured by the government at the cost of N21.5 million.
Over 2000 people, including women, benefited from the Local Quarry Operations Support Program (Compressors, Drilling Accessories and Explosives) in nine LGAs (Bakori, Faskari, Matazu, Safana, Batagarawa, Jibia, Mashi, Dutsi, Sandamu). The program cost more than N5.58 million.
Over 4, 397 youths were trained on various skills at the upgraded 10 Basic Apprentice Training Centers in the state.
The government has spent N197.150 million to construct and equip the three new Basic Apprentice Training Centers at Batsari, Kankara and Danja. (N141.917 0n construction and N55.23 million on equipment)
Some 417 persons trained by the BATCs were offered loan under the Youth Entrepreneurship Loan Scheme. N30 million was released to the Agency.
N10 .43 million was spent on the repairs of vocational schools destroyed by rainstorm
2,110 other youths were trained under a special vocational training and attachment program known as Katsina Youth Empowerment Scheme. 80 percent of the trainees were absorbed by their master craftsmen. N27.72 million has gone into it in the past two years.
Some 2,246 people were trained under Agricultural Vocational Training at the six schools located at Kafinsoli, Tashar Nagulle, Tambu, Daudawa, Gidan Kwakwa and Layin Minista.
A total of 2,563 applicants were assisted to secure employment in Federal Service.
GOVT/NAPEP/OCEANIC BANK/CELTEL PARTNERSHIP:
The government contributed N200 million under the Multi partner Microfinance under NAPEP. Oceanic Bank also contributed N200 million, while NAPEP put in N40 million to empower 847 groups in the state. N361.29 million was issued to the groups on loan.
More than 1000 jobs were created in partnership with Celtel
N124 million disbursed to 73 groups under the NAPEP Village Economic Development Solution Program.
ECONOMIC AFFAIRS, LAND ADMINSTRATION AND ENVIRONMENT
N500 million set aside as Microfinance fund to serve as seed money for the mega micro finance bank coming on stream by December 2009. N88 million is going into the establishment of the bank with branches in the 34 LGAs
N20 million paid as compensation to land owners affected by the establishment of a Container Dry Port in Funtua
Concluded plans to set up export processing centers for products the state has comparative advantage
Pursuing the development of Clusters for SMEs in specified areas along trade lines
Reviewing the master plan of Katsina, Daura and Funtua in line with the pace of development in the three cities
Paid over N590 million as compensation for land acquired for various projects
Over N130.35 million spent on ecological projects
The sum of N290.77 million was expended on special environmental sanitation programs across the state
More than N281 million spent on the execution of 320 projects under the Local Environmental and Economic Empowerment Program (LEEMP)