Monday, 17 August 2015

UN sponsors 500 Boko Haram victims to acquire vocational skills

The UN said on Monday in Abuja that it had sponsored 500 victims of Boko Haram violence from three North-East states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe to acquire vocational skills.
Mr. Matthew Alao, UN Conflict Prevention and Peace Building Analyst, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the programme was under the UNDP Livelihood Support Scheme for the zone.
Alao explained that an orientation programme for the 500 selected beneficiaries commenced on Monday at the Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre in Jos, Plateau State.
According to him, the skills acquisition programme is the first phase of intervention by the UN to reduce the suffering of the displaced persons.
Alao said that the skills training would cover hair dressing, tailoring, knitting, catering, decorations, GSM repair, shoe-making, leather works and computer studies.
According to him, the participants will also undertake specialised training on conflict resolution and peace building.
“A total of 500 beneficiaries who are victims of Boko Haram from three North-East states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe will be placed in a two-week compulsory orientation programme.
“They are going to undergo physical exercise, training, capacity building on mediation, conflict prevention, conflict transformation, social integration, peaceful coexistence for two weeks.
“We received over 2,000 applications and engaged in rigorous screening out of which we selected the 500 that genuinely need this assistance.
“We took the successful 500 candidates for two weeks intensive course on mental and physical training.
“We are also going to train them on mediation and conflict transformation as well as business management; after that, we will put them on a six-month to one-year training,’’ he said.

HENRY E. J Williams

Author & Editor

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