Jutha Gupah, Damaturu

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with Canada and Japan; is to train 450 unemployed youths on skills acquisition and trades in Yobe state. The UN agency’s vocational training, which is first of its kind this year, is to last 11 weeks. Flagging off the training programme on Thursday in Damaturu, Head of UNDP, Maiduguri office, Mizuhu Yohoi said the beneficiaries are to undergo vocational training to become self-employed and productive in communities affected by Boko Haram insurgency. The six-year insurgency; has affected various communities in five councils, destroying many lives and property in the state. According to her, the training programme is being implemented under UNDP Integrated Stabilization Project (ISP) in the Northeast. “The 450 unemployed youths were selected in Yobe state; to undergo 11-week vocational training in skills, so that they become productive to society,” she said. She urged the beneficiaries to be “focused and listen” attentively during the training sessions and dates of graduation. Her words: “You have to work hard in order to succeed; by focusing on what you will learn during the training programme. Practice what you have learned; because this training is not only for you; but for the benefits of your communities, the state, country and the entire globe.” She noted that the UN development agency; will monitor and assess the performance of the beneficiaries at end of training. Executive Secretary, State Science and Technical Schools Board, Musa Abdulsalam also thanked the UNDP, Secretary to the State Government and State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) for providing the training centres to acquire skills and trades. He said eight Government Science and Technical Colleges and 11 Business and Engineering Skills Training (BEST) Centres, are being provided. He said that this is in addition to two other training centres to be established this year. He said engaging the training centres by UNDP; have provided participants to acquire more skills to reduce unemployment among women and youths.