From Umar Dankano, Yola
A total of 175 adolescents have been trained various skills acquisition techniques by an International Non Governmental Organization,Save the children International,in Adamawa state.
Team leader of the organization (Save the children International), Alhaji Abdulrasheed Mohammed made the disclosure at the graduation and presentation of start-up kits to the beneficiaries in Yola Wednesday appreciating the state government for providing enabling environment for them to impact on the state.
Mohammed announced that the six months intensive training was conducted in conjunction with the National Directorate of Employment with a sole aim of creating self reliance in entrepreneurship.
Mohammed said that his organization’s areas of intervention are education, health and nutrition, respectively.
He explained that the 175 beneficiaries were accorded skills on various trades including ; tailoring, catering, fashion design, carpentry, barbing and metal fabrication noting that the starter packs provided were for the beneficiaries to kick start their own businesses for the development of their communities.
Earlier in his address at the ceremony, Commissioner of Education, Dr. Umar Pella, said the intervention was in line with the Go vernor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri’s administration commitment to providing skills to unemployed youths to improve their livelihood.
Pella reiterated the slogan of the Fintiri’s government that “No one will be left alone and no place will untouched” in their tenure of office
“Government is always willing and ready to partner with any organisation or group to impact positively on the lives of people in the state.
“Save the Children International has done well and we hope it will do more. I call on other NGOs to emulate them,” he said.
Furthermore,Pella advised all organisations to partner with relevant ministries when implementing projects, to encourage sustainability after expiration of their projects in the state.
The NDE Acting State Coordinator,Bello Nuhu encouraged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the starter packs by applying their skills into practice for betterment of our societies.
Nuhu cautioned them against selling their starter packs for their own benefits reminding them that white collar jobs are no longer available, hence the need for them to work hard and be employers of labour.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Abdulrahman Salihu, appreciated the organisation and the master trainers for the opportunity given to them pledging to make judicious use of their newly acquired skills and working tools accordingly.