The United Nations on Monday in Abuja said it has sponsored 500 Boko Haram victims from Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states to acquire vocational skills. Matthew Alao, UN Conflict Prevention and Peace Building Analyst, said the programme was under the UNDP Livelihood Support Scheme for the zone. Alao added that programme to orient the select 500 would begin today, August 17 at the Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre in Jos, Plateau.
“A total of 500 beneficiaries who are victims of Boko Haram from three North East states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe will be placed in a two-week compulsory orientation programme.
“They are going to undergo physical exercise, training, capacity building on mediation, conflict prevention, conflict transformation, social integration, peaceful coexistence for two weeks.
“We received over 2,000 applications and engaged in rigorous screening exercise out of which we selected the 500 that genuinely need this assistance.
“We took the successful 500 candidates for 2-weeks intensive course on mental and physical training.
“We are also going to train them on mediation and conflict transformation as well as business management; after that, we will put then on six-month to one-year training,’’ he said.
The UN official noted the intervention was necessitated by the negative effects of the activities of Boko Haram insurgency on the people of the North East.
“Some of them had means of livelihood before, but unfortunately their means of sustaining livelihood have been cut short because of the Boko Haram insurgency.
“But we want to assure them that for every one that is impacted in one way or the other, they will be accommodated in the various phases of the Early Recovery Programme,” he said.
Alao said that the UN would continue to support the displaced persons until peace was restored in the area.
“We have been assisting in one way or the other to see that there is peace and stability in the state.
“One aspect that guarantee peace and stability is by getting the people engaged particularly the youth and the widows.”