Boko Haram: UN sponsors 500 victims for vocational skills
Written by Taiwo Adediran on August 17, 2015
The UN today in Abuja said that it has sponsored 500 victims of Boko Haram violence from three North-East states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe to acquire vocational skills.
According to report, Mr Matthew Alao, UN Conflict Prevention and Peace Building Analyst, said that the programme was under the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) Livelihood Support Scheme for the zone.
Alao explained that an orientation programme for the 500 selected beneficiaries would commence today, August 17, at the Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre in Jos, Plateau.
According to him, the skills acquisition programme is the first phase of intervention by the UN to ameliorate the sufferings of the displaced persons.
Alao said that the skills training would cover hair dressing, tailoring, knitting, catering and decorations as well as GSM repair, shoe-making, leather works and computer studies.
According to him, the participants will also undertake specialised training on conflict resolution and peace building. Alao said, a total of 500 beneficiaries who are victims of Boko Haram from three North East states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe will be placed in a two-week compulsory orientation programme where they are going to undergo physical exercise, training, capacity building on mediation, conflict prevention, conflict transformation, social integration, peaceful coexistence for two weeks.
Alao said they received over 2,000 applications and engaged in rigorous screening exercise out of which 500 candidates that genuinely need this assistance were selected.
According to him, they are also going to train them on mediation and conflict transformation as well as business management; after that, we will put then on six-month to one-year training.
The UN official noted the intervention was necessitated by the negative effects of the activities of Boko Haram insurgency on the people of the North-East.
According to report, some of them had means of livelihood before, but unfortunately their means of sustaining livelihood have been cut short because of the Boko Haram insurgency but they want to assure them that for every one that is impacted in one way or the other, they will be accommodated in the various phases of the Early Recovery Programme.
Alao said that the UN would continue to support the displaced persons until peace was restored in the area.