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UNDP trains 500 Boko Haram victims on vocational skills


UNDP-logoTHE United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has empowered over 500 victims of Boko Haram from Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states on vocational training.

Resident Representative, UNDP, Mr. Opia Kumah, disclosed this in Jos at the launch of the second batch of its Livelihood Support Scheme for 500 victims of Boko Haram, adding that insurgency in the North East had resulted in a massive humanitarian crisis, with thousands of lives lost, property worth billions of naira destroyed and over a million people displaced.

The UNDP official said the first batch of the programme, which was launched in August, sponsored 223 victims of Boko Haram from the three states.

“Today, we are here to launch the second batch of 272 beneficiaries of the livelihoods support scheme, following the successful training of the first batch in August.

“More partners and well-meaning Nigerians, private sector, governments and international organisations are encouraged to invest in the young people of the North East through empowering them.

“Investing in skills acquisition programme like the UNDP’s will empower women and youth and rekindle the hope, spirit and determination to overcome their plight and all odds confronting them.

“This will go a long way to entrench peace and stability in Nigeria, for the way to sustainable peace lies in addressing the developmental challenges, in addition to military operations.

“UNDP is committed to continue to work with government and partners to promote sustainable development in Nigeria, particularly in the post-insurgency North-East,” he said.

Kumah, represented by UNDP Peace and Development Adviser, Dr. Zebulun Takwa, said the organisation was in solidarity with the governments and people of Nigeria in overcoming insurgency.

“In solidarity with the government and people of Nigeria, humanitarian agencies and development partners have stepped up efforts to alleviate the plights of the people of the North East.

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