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Centre to introduce vocational skills training for IDPs in FCT

Centre to introduce vocational skills training for IDPs in FCT
Ms Onyeka Onwenu
The National Centre for Women Development (NCWD) would, next month, introduce vocational skills training in internally displaced persons’ camps in FCT.
Ms Onyeka Onwenu, the director-general of the centre, Wednesday, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Abuja, adding that the training would be part of long term solutions to the problems faced by IDPs.
Onwenu said: “On the 8th of September, we are actually taking our programme to the IDP camps. We are starting with the ones in Abuja.
“We have reasons that, yes, it is okay and it is well a desired thing that we should take relief materials to the IDPs and the refugees.
“And if you take that training, our experience has taught us that when you train a woman to be able to help herself, you’ve trained a family and you’ve trained a community.
``And we are saying that the IDPs, even in the the camps where they are, if we are able to train them and give them a skill that they can put to immediate use, they will help themselves and help their families.
``So what we are doing with them is not just to train them but to give them a little something as well so that they can actually start their businesses.”
The director-general said that the centre planned to offer scholarships to the trainees, adding that the centre would offer psycho-social support to the IDPs to help rebuild their self-confidence and assist in the process of their reintegration into the society.
Onwenu said that the centre was working closely with development partners to ensure that the programme was sustained and reached the grassroots.
She added that the training was part of activities lined up by the centre to commemorate the International Day of Women and Girls at a summit that would hold October 15.
She said that the theme of the Day will be “Empowerment and Training: Innovation for the Girl-Child.”
She said that the summit would streamline economic empowerment programmes for internally displaced women and girls

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