North-East States commend UNDP’s livelihood interventions for IDPsJun 1, 2017
State Government representatives have expressed gratitude to UNDP for efforts being implemented aimed at helping victims of the insurgency in their States. The representatives from Borno, Adamawa, Yobe and Gombe States visited a training centre in Kaduna where selected IDPs are undergoing training in automotive mechanics.
Borno State Ministry of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RRR) Commissioner Babagana Umara, highlight the magnitude of crisis in North-East in general and Borno State in particular – Maiduguri, capital of Borno State has been the epicenter of crisis. Dr. Umara attributed the root causes of insurgency in the region to endemic poverty stressing that addressing them required concerted efforts from stakeholders.
Prof. Umara paid tribute to UNDP for its interventions in the region, particularly, Borno State which he stated was giving back hope to the victims and displaced. The Honourable Commissioner pledged to engage with his Governor, who is the Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum, to discuss opportunity being offered by PAN with the members of the forum so that they can partner with learning centre on technical skill acquisition for women and youths in their respective States. Representatives from Adamawa and Yobe states echoed Prof. Umara’s commendations.
The skills acquisition programme for IDPs, fully funded by the Government of Norway and UNDP, is part of the UNDP programme of intervention in the North East which is currently benefitting close to 600 women and youths enrolled in four trades (Auto Mechanic, Auto Mechatronic, Auto Panel Beating and Welding and Auto Spraying and Painting), in three training facilities in Kaduna, Maiduguri and Yola.
The UNDP Nigeria representative, Matthew Alao, Conflict Prevention & Peace Building Analyst, expressed gratitude to the Centre’s management for making their facilities available to UNDP to train the IDPs in the specialized field of automobile services and the PAN technical team for their dedication and commitment to the scheme.
The monitoring mission, led by Prof, Umara, interacted with the trainees, accessed their learning environment and facilities, and assessed progress being made in their learning experience. Yobe State Government was represented by the Director of Recruitment, Office of the Secretary to the State Government while Adamawa State Government was represented by the Head of Office, Adamawa State Liaison Office, Kaduna.
The mission was received by the Chairman PAN Learning Centre and Managing Director PAN Nigeria, Mr. Ibrahim Boyi, the Managing Director, PAN Nigeria, Alh. Jumat Ali-Oluwafuyi, the General Manager, Mrs. Olubukola Mordi and the entire PAN management team.