By Elizbeth David, Abuja
A non governmental organization, Likeminds Project has provided starter packs and empowerment tools to 35 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who graduated from its empowerment training programme.
Making the presentation to them in Bwari area council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), founder of the NGO, Mrs Fatima Kyari Mohammed said the programme is to empower the youths and make them self-reliant.
She explained that the graduands comprising 23 females and 12 males who were displaced by the insurgency in the northeast, were trained in several craft including basket making, shoe making, beads making, cap making, soap making, bricklayer and tiling.
She said, “Each of the graduates dont need to literally go and seek for jobs because they have learnt a skill that allows them to make incomes on their own and even hire others. My advice to the youth out there is you don’t necessarily have to depend on somebody to find a job. You can always learn a skill and become your own boss. The idea is to be creative, think about opportunities our there where you can learn a skill and make yourself productive”
Also speaking to LEADERSHIP, Coordinator of the project, Mr Meekam Mgbenwelu said the training is the first step in a ladder to give the IDPs a chance to be able to be less dependent.
He said they have been well trained to be able to do something to earn a livelihood.
He said, “My advice to them is for them to make the best use of this opportunity because they are many people who would love to have this kind of opportunity too. They should not sell the equipments given to them and also they should not deviate into any act of crime but rather be focused on how to improve their skills”