UNDP to sponsor 200 conflict victims on skills acquisition

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The UN Development Programme (UNDP) on Monday said it would sponsor additional 200 victims of violent conflicts in Plateau to acquire vocational skills, under its Livelihood Support Scheme.
Mr Mathew Alao, UNDP’s Conflict Prevention and Peace Building Analyst made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos.
Alao said that the organisation had just sponsored 149 victims in the state to acquire training in seven vocational skill areas.
The areas the skill covered were on hair dressing, tailoring, knitting, catering and decorations as well as GSM repair, shoe-making, leather works and computer studies.
The official said that the scheme was being supported financially by the Government of Norway.
“We got the backing of the donor, the government of Norway, to train 149 out of 2,000, we have to conduct the second batch.
“ The second batch will start from April, and we are planning to take 200 people for that batch,’’ he said.
He said that the organisation has spent over 300,000 US dollars to implement the scheme.
“The candidates we supported for the first batch were the victims of violence in Plateau; we recall that this violence has been there since 2010.
“ We have been assisting in one way or the other to see that there is peace and stability in the state.
“ One aspect that grantee peace and stability is by getting the people engaged particularly the youth and the widows.
“We received 2,000 applications and engaged in rigorous screening exercise. We took the successful 150 candidates for 2-weeks intensive course on mental, physical and training.
“ We also gave them training on mediation and conflict transformation as well as business management; after we put then on six months training,’’ he said.
Alao, however, advised the beneficiaries of the training to improve on the skill they acquired and use it to better their lives and family. (NAN)

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