In a bid to compliment government’s efforts in making the teeming unemployed youths self reliant, a Nasarawa state – based Non Governmental Organisation, Majalisan Macido Andaha Foundation has launched a skills acquisition programme for 300 youths. Danjuma Joseph reports.
A Nasarawa state based Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Majalisan Macido Andaha Foundation has launched a skills acquisition programme for 300 youths in the state.
In a message he sent to the ceremony, the state governor. Alh Umar Tanko Al- Makura praised the NGO, saying that it’s programme tallies with the mission of his administration and that of President Muhammadu Buhari in youth empowerment.
Represented by his Special Assistant on NGOs, Alhassan Adamu, the governor urged similar organisations to emulate the good example of Majalisan Macido Andaha Foundation.
He pointed out that: “An NGO is the basic element in the representation of a modern and sane community. The role of an NGO is to provide basic services to the community. Their roles are inseparable from the aspirations of freedom, good infrastructure to have a healthy environment.
Non-governmental Organisation is a basic element in the representation of a modern and sane community. The roles of NGOs are inseparable from the aspirations of freedom, good infrastructure, to have a healthy environment.
“Non- Governmental Organisation is a basic element in the representation of a modern and sane community. The roles of NGOs are inseparable from the aspirations of freedom, good infrastructure, to have a healthy environment.
Basically, an NGOs role is to provide basic service to the community in the following, which is also in line with vision of the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari and our modern Governor, Umaru Tanko Almakura.”
Adamu who chaired the occasion commended the Majalisan Maccido Andaha Foundation (MMFA), an NGO, based in Andaha, Akwanga local government area of the state for organising the skills acquisition for widows and youths, whom he described as vulnerable in the society.
He called on the NGO to continue to continue its good works and sustain the gesture for the benefit of other vulnerable youths in the society.
On his part, the former minister of Information, Labaran Maku, charged youths in Nasarawa state to learn skills that will make them self reliant, instead of waiting for government jobs that are not forthcoming.
The former minister who was the special guest at the occasion, commended the NGO for sponsoring the training of 300 youths and women, to learn skills that will empower them in future.
“Skill acquisition is very important. As you are all aware, white collar jobs are no longer available. That is why I enjoin you to tap into the skills acquisition training offered you here, so you can be self-employed and create jobs for others.
“Be careful and select which of the skills that fit you so that you can perfect yourself and I want you to pay attention and learn a particular skill you think you are good at” Maku stressed.
Chairman/Programme Manager of the NGO, Sani Lucas Umar said the training was strictly for youths from Andaha ward and some selected widows across the 11 electoral wards of Akwanga local government area of the state.
He said the skills acquisition training was in continuation of the NGO’s effort towards reducing the number of unemployed in Nasarawa state, saying this was the second phase of its skills acquisition programme in recent times.
According to him, a total of 300 youths comprising 170 male and 130 female are to benefit from the programme.
The programme manager of the NGO, said “the Foundation has been encouraged to embark on this second phase of the programme, following the success of the one earlier organised for the 330 widows, most of whom have virtually become self reliant.
“If you look round these women are now able to cater for some of the basic needs of their families like; paying of their children’s fees, feeding, and paying of their house rents among others.
“Under this second phase, the programme has been broken into two groups, based on the need for assessment of the youths. In the first category of the training, the youths are to be trained in Fashion & Design, Hair Dressing Skill, Barbing Skills, Video & Photography, Computer Training & Repairs, and Carpentry, which will be completed this year.
“The second category of the training is on Driving, Fish Farming, Soap-making, Satelite Installation, and Paint manufacturing, which will commence soon” he said.
Speaking during the closing ceremony of the skills acquisition programme, Lucas Sani Umar said, “Today, I will only charge our trainees that what they have learned in areas of soap making, laundry, jelling hair cream, body vaseline, detergent, dis-infectant izol, dettols, dying of cloth, Kampala making, beads making etc.
“It is important having heard and learned all the techniques on how to make kampala, shampoo, hair dressing cream pesticide etc. You are going forth to the market that is in dire need of your contributions in your community, local government and state will rise tomorrow to bless you”.
Apart from meeting individual needs and its humanitarian services, the NGO has built a clinic in Kantardza village, well furnished and equipped, which was commissioned in 2015.
Similarly, another clinic was built in Numan, in Andaha ward, which was also commissioned in July, 2016, by the Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State, Silas Ali Agara, accompanied by the paramount ruler of Mada nation, His Royal Highness, Mr. Samson Gamu Yare, the then Interim Management Committee Chairman of Akwanga Local Government, Kwanta Yakubu, other personalities, including prominent sons and daughters of Mada nation.
The two well equipped clinics in Kantardza and Numa villages, were handed over to Akwanga local government council of Nasarawa state by Majalisan Maccido Andaha Foundation, as part of its health services to society.
At this time when the government cannot provide everything or every need of its citizens, the NGO deemed it fit to donate the two clinics to the local government, to boost the health care services at the grass roots level.
In addition to building of the clinics, Majalisan Maccido Andaha Foundation, in collaboration with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), organised one month free medical outreach in the 11 electoral wards of Akwanga local Government area in 2016.
Some of the beneficiaries of the free medical out-reach, Ismaila Adamu (Wakilin Rinze), Saidu Musa and Baba Taru Shega, all of Angwan Zaria, in Rinze development area in Akwanga local Government, of the state, commended the NGO for the free medical outreach.
Those interviewed during the exercise were Baba Likiba operated for Hydrocelle and Hulera Audu, operated for Lipoma, who both thanked the NGO, for wiping their tears by organising the free medical care, as they called on the group to sustain the tempo.
Baba Likiba from Nunku, who shaded tears of joy, confessed that he had carried the ailment for over twenty years and could not afford the cost of the surgery, adding that any time he made an attempt to go to the hospital, his yearly harvests could not foot the bills handed him by the hospital.
Another beneficiary,Hulera Audu, who also shaded tears, disclosed that she had Lipoma, for ten years and various efforts to save money for operation was not successful. She called for the sustenance of the gesture in the interest of the poor and downtrodden in the society.
An eye patient, Ismaila Adamu, disclosed that he had been living with the ailment for the past 25 years and it was getting chronic by the day, until the recent intervention of the free medical outreach by Majalisan Maccido Andaha Foundation.
Knowing that water is life, the NGO drilled motorised boreholes in Antau Madaki, Hayin Kwalta Angaku and Angwan Hausawa all in Andaha ward. Others are Rugan Fulani Manveh, in Ancho ‘B’ electoral ward and Nindan Vowon in Nunku electoral ward, which were commissioned and presented to the communities in July, 2016.
This singular gesture of the NGO, will go a long way to alleviate the sufferings of these widows and their families, some who cannot fend for themselves, pay medical bills, or their children school fees.
Perhaps, the humanitarian services of this NGO, since inception few years ago, speaks volume. The NGO, renders its services to all and sundry, irrespective of tribe, religion and background.