Yola – No fewer than 2,500 Internally Displaced Person (IDPs) in Adamawa state has been penciled down to commence training on skill acquisition by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).
The Acting State Coordinator, National Directorate of Employment (NDE) Adamawa State Office, Mr Kenneth Maigida, disclosed this in Yola, Adamawa State capital at the flag off ceremony that took place at Malkohi Camp.
According to Mr Maigida, the training is to empower the IDPs acquire functional training skill for means of livelihood and job creation to return them to their ancestral homes.
He said: “Our commitment and support in carrying out our mandate in the area of poverty reduction and wealth creation requires deliberate strategy and support from our relevant stakeholders.”
The IDPs would be trained in eleven income generating activities in camps and host communities, adding, the Directorates has recruited and is currently training 2000 unemployed youths in various skill acquisition centres across the 21 local government areas of the State.
“Already arrangement has been concluded to provide them, with soft loan that would enable them commence practicing of the skills they acquire from the training,” he stressed.
Maigida reiterated that the beneficiaries after the training would be given soft loan to establish their own business.
He advised beneficiaries of the training to take advantage of the opportunities in order to exit joblessness as this is their own way of supporting the Federal Government in providing succor and making their lives meaningful.
The State Coordinator recalled that Adamawa State has over the last three decades charted a course for job creation through training and re-training of various categories of unemployed and vulnerable persons.
Speaker Adamawa State House of Assembly, Kabiru Mijinjiwa assured of government support to the plights of the IDPs in the state.
Mijinjiwa maintained: “The objective of the training exercise, is to give access to the unemployed youths to acquired skills for self employment and income generation.”
The IDPs are to be trained in poultry, farming, beverages and pastries cosmetology, knitting, shoe making interlock production, among others.