By Michael Oche, Abuja
The Centre for Transparency Advocacy (CTA) on Wednesday held a skills acquisition training for refugees who have fled their country and residing in Nigeria.
The training which was done in partnership with the National Commission for Migrants Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons seek to empower the refugees to become self reliant amidst the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The refugees were among other things trained in soup making, hand wash, and air freshener
Speaking during the programme, executive director of CTA, Faith Nwadishi said many of the refugees have been affected by the pandemic, which necessitated the training programme.
She said, “businesses and governments have been affected by the COVID-19. There have been massive loss of jobs as a result of the pandemic”
Nwadishi described refugees as vulnerable group, saying the training will empower them with the right skills to cushion the effect of the COVID-19
Also speaking, head of community service at NCFMRI, Brenda Agbamuchi Abia said government has put in place programmes to improve the lives of refugees and IDPs.
She said, “the pandemic has come with a lot of challenges. Government has with available resources done quite a lot in terms of providing palliatives to vulnerable groups”
She urged other group to take a cue from the CTA to partner the Commission
One of the beneficiaries, Ernet Cho, a refugee from Southern Cameroon who spoke to LEADERSHIP said it has not been easy for refugees.
He thanked CTA for the training, stressing that it will help the refugees to be empowered.