The governor added that youth unemployment is a major cause of the current vices and insecurity in the country, as such it’s imperative to look outside the box and create avenues for youth to be gainfully employed.
El-Rufai explained that the promotion of talent and enterprise was the reason the state government established the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Technology.
According to him, the mandate of the ministry includes encouraging innovation, enterprise, job creation and economic diversification.
“The focal areas for this ambitious effort is to support talent and skills, which include enterprises in the technology, cultural and other spheres,’’ he added.
The governor appreciated the contributions of the culture industry in terms of skills generation, job creation, promotion of cultural values and history preservation.
Earlier, Alhaji Ibrahim Mandawari, a prominent Kannywood actor who led the delegation, appreciated the governor for the pledge to support the emergence of Kaduna hub for cultural enterprises.
He said that the proposed culture hub, which would host a world class theater, a cinema and shopping malls, would boost economic activities in the State.
Mandawari added that the enterprises in the culture sector, including books, music, animation, movies and others, are veritable avenues for job creation, from direct jobs in studios, on sets and in the fashion industry, to vendors in the hospitality sector, among others.
He appreciated the support given to them by the Kaduna state government and assured that they will continue to promote peace, unity, enlightenment and job creation.(NAN)