Peshawar: The Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan has said that the available resources in the country are more than sufficient for the progress, development and uplift of the masses provided these resources are properly utilized with honesty and wisdom.
Talking to participants of a briefing organized by the National Institute of Cultural Studies (NICS), Islamabad he said that it was why he had already embarked upon a plan to promote acquisition of skills among the youth of FATA in various fields.
He said that the main focus of that initiative was on the development, promotion and utilization of traditional adopted skills and resources. He said provision of skill development opportunities for the women-fold was the main component of that initiative and he would welcome any proposal and suggestion in this regard.
The governor asked the management of NICS to come up with concrete proposals within a week and if found feasible he would never hesitate to adopt it for the welfare and larger interest of the women folk and poor people of the FATA.
During the briefing the Chairperson of NICS Senator Rubina Khalid informed that they had trained about 400 youngsters from FATA in three batches in the fields of media studies, textile designing and hospitality and all of them had now joined their respective professions.
These youth were sponsored by FATA Secretariat under its Youth Development Programme, she added. She briefed the governor on the activities of NICS and the facilities available in the institute and assured that they would continue to play their role in promotion of healthy activities among the youth from FATA.
The Governor observed on this occasion that the youth sports gala in Mahmond Agency was a great success as it for the first time provided an opportunity to the youngsters to display their potentials and participate in such a large number of healthy and positive activities.
In view of its success, the governor disclosed that they were planning to host an All FATA youth festival during the month of October in which youngsters from all the tribal agencies of FATA would have the opportunity to participate.
The governor also said that promotion of local and traditional artisans and handicraft required less resources but provide great opportunities to the local population to earn their livelihood and diversify their income.