By Oboh Linus
Lafia, May 13, 2022 The Nasarawa State Government has reaffirmed its commitment toward empowering the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state with requisite skills and knowledge to enable them to become self-reliant.
Gov. Abdullahi Sule said this on Friday in Lafia during the graduation and symbolic presentation of 166 sewing machines and accessories to 166 trained IDPs.
In a speech at the event, he also announced scholarship award to two children – Dauda Joseph and Manasseh – who lost their parents to farmers/herders crises in the state.
Naija247news reports that the IDPs, comprising mainly women and youths, were trained in tailoring by the Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency (NASEMA), together with UNDP and the people of Japan.
The governor said the state government had established the Commander Abdullahi Ibrahim Vocation and Skills Acquisition Centre to train youths and women in vocational and technical education to enable them to start up small businesses.
He described the training, presentation of certificates and sewing machines to the IDPs as significant.
According to him, it will go a long way in availing them the opportunity to shake up idleness and engage in a production venture to enhance their economic wellbeing.
Sule assured UNDP of government’s resolve to continue to support its programmes in the state.
He urged other development partners and philanthropists to emulate the agency’s kind gesture to enable youths and women to be gainfully employed for the benefit of society.
“In the recent past, we witnessed skirmishes that resulted in humanitarian crises because of displacement of some people from their homes to IDPs camps in some parts of the state, which informed the training of these IDPs,” he said.
The Executive Secretary of NASEMA, Mr Zachary Allumaga, commended the development partners for their partnership that facilitated the training of the IDPs.
Allumaga said the state government through NASEMA had received some relief materials from the Federal Government.
He, however, appealed for more support, saying that the state government alone could not cater for the 40,000 IDPs in the state.
The North Central Coordinator of UNDP, Mr Chukwuma Ume, described the training and empowerment of IDPs as part of UNDP’s Social Stability Programme for three crisis-torn states in the Middle Belt, including Nasarawa, Benue and Taraba.
By Oboh Linus