THE state government is prioritising entrepreneurship development for youths during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, with RM74mil allocated for the programme.
Johor tourism, youth and sports committee chairman Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi said the allocation was part of RM217mil from the state government this year for youth empowerment.
He said the initiatives were offered at both state and federal levels to cover four areas, namely entrepreneurship, education, agriculture and human capital.
“About 21 agencies including various departments under the state government have been roped in to make this programme a success for youths, ” he added.
Onn Hafiz said among the agencies and departments taking part in the programme were Malaysia Cooperative Commission, Tekun Nasional, Perbadanan Usahawan Johor, state Agriculture Department, the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama), Educity and the Darul Takzim Family Development Foundation (YPKDT).
“Entrepreneurship received the largest allocation under the youth empowerment programme and this will benefit 5,200 recipients, ” he said.
Onn Hafiz added that from the allocation, agriculture received RM59.85mil, which would benefit 10,364 youths.
He also said to ensure youths would be involved in the state’s economic growth, RM27.46mil was allocated for human capital, benefitting 10,343 individuals.
“To help youths reach their full potential, RM14.5mil has been allocated to the education sector and this is expected to help 82,598 students and trainees in the state, ” he added.
Onn Hafiz noted that the various allocations for youth empowerment initiatives would help youngsters cope with various challenges during the pandemic.
“The state government will continue to provide a platform to encourage our youths to remain creative and competitive, ” he said.
He urged those interested in participating in the youth empowerment programmes to contact the Dato Onn Institute or other relevant agencies.