Wednesday, 9 March 2016

UN to sponsor 4,000 insurgency victims on vocational skills

The UN will sponsor 4,000 Nigerian youth who are victims of Boko Haram activities from Adamawa, Borno and Yobe to acquire various vocational skills in 2016.
The Country Director, UN Development Programme, Pa-Lamin Beyai, revealed to newsmen in Abuja that the measure was to enable them build their capacity.
Mr. Beyai explained that many of the victims had their businesses destroyed by the insurgency and had become idle. According to him, remaining idle for a long time without any positive engagement could make them become prone to Boko Haram recruitment.
He said the UNDP’s vocational training for victims of violent conflicts in Benue, Plateau and Gombe states had succeeded in impacting positively on the lives of the 150 trainees.
“So, since we succeeded in three states – Benue, Gombe and Plateau – why not move forward to the three insurgency affected states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
“We were able to select 4,000 youths who would be trained in different skills of their choice so that they could have alternative livelihood.

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