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NCDMB trains 107 IDPs in crafts under Fair Chance Initiative

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[FILES] Speakers included the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Simbi Wabote. PHOTO: SweetCrudeRepors


107 Internally Displaced Persons (IPDs) have been trained in different crafts under the Fair Chance Initiative (FCI) of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).

The Board said the training programme was aimed at contributing to the rebuilding process of the region.A graduation ceremony to mark the end of three-month classroom training took place in Yola, Adamawa State, ending with the award of three relevant certificates and starter packs to the trainees.

Speaking at the event, the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Simbi Wabote explained that the beneficiaries were selected from Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States and were trained on specialist trades including plumbing, electrical, carpentry, GSM phone repair, digital soft skills, soap making and bead making.He confirmed that the Board would attach the trainees to established companies that specialize in their trades, including the NCDMB Neighbourhood Project in Borno State.

The attachments would enable the trainees to perfect their crafts, learn the business side of their trades and undergo mentoring for three months.He stated that the Board was implementing other interventions in the North East, including the Deworming Programme of Future Assured Initiative, which is focused on improving the survival rate of children in the North East and the NCDMB Neighbourhood Project where the Board is working to construct 90 model homes in Borno State, in settlements previously destroyed through insurgency.

Wabote charged the trainees to use their skills to make a living for themselves and become useful to the society and called on other agencies of government and stakeholders of the oil industry to support the IDPs and the reconstruction of the North East.

Delivering her address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan commended NCDMB for selecting more female participants for the training, describing it as a positive development. She noted that NCDMB’s intervention in the North East was part of the oil and gas industry’s contribution to the rehabilitation of the victims of insurgency and reconstruction of the North East region.

She confirmed that other agencies under the ministry had developed their own programmes to make sure that the region feels the impact of the oil and gas sector.She charged the Board to closely monitor the entrepreneurial phase of the programme and measure the impact of the various interventions in improving the quality of lives of the beneficiaries.

In her comments, Mrs Saadatu Mahdi, Special Adviser to the former Vice Chairman of the Presidential Committee on North East Initiative (PCNI) stated that NCDMB’s intervention in the North East was the best conceived programme in relation to others, saying it focused on needs that would support other interventions. She regretted that a number of institutions had organized trainings in the region and given starter packs to the beneficiaries but did not follow through to see them become better members of the society.

On his part, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha commended the Board for its intervention in the North East, which had not only empowered the youths but also created jobs and reduced the crime rate.

The SGF who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr Polycarp Shambo stated that NCDMB had created a platform for the emergence of entrepreneurs who could become millionaires in future.Giving insight into the training programme, the Managing Director of Boss Engineering, Kenneth Samuel Okezie explained that it conducted the trainings in conjunction with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and the American University of Nigeria and it was interesting, practical and in line with best practice.

The General Manager, Research, Statistics and Development, NCDMB, Abdulmalik Halilu underscored the smooth transition between the defunct PCNI and the successor, North East Development Commission (NEDC), which has ensured that there was no break in the execution of intervention programmes.


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