ADELDI,British Council empowers vulnerable people in Borno with skills
Salamatu Muhammadu (Maiduguri)
The Amina Dikwa Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development Initiative (ADELDI) today 5th April,2019 graduates it first set of trainees on skill acquisition project.The trainees who were selected from among the internally displaced persons and the host communities comprises of 70 percent female and 30 percent males were trained on shoe and bag making at a facility for two months.
The event was chaired by Shettima Jaafar Adam the Deputy Director National Orientation Agency and was held at the Conference Hall of the Dujima Hotel,Maiduguri. The Chairman commended the Eu and British Council for identifying and supporting local NGOs and women associations in Borno state with funding and technical support to get empowered so that they can be able to manage conflict,build peace in the state and create a safer community where families can be raised.
The Special Guest of Honor at the event and Commissioner of the Ministry of Reconstruction,Rehabilitation and Resettlement, Arch Yaraima Saleh admonished the graduating trainees to embrace entrepreneurship and not to relent in their pursuit of good livelihood. “I assure of the support of the Borno state government;we will also try to link you up with other development partners.From what I can see here, your products are of good standard so please ensure that you put made in Borno on it,” said the commissioner.
Brigadier General A.S Ishaq who represented the Theater Commander of Operation LAFIYA DOLE said that what the British Council and ADELDI is doing is a laudable achievement that must by all means be sustained. “I am happy to be here and whenever you are having this type of meeting,please invite us.It is a right step in the right direction.Skill acquisition is the key.This way our women and youths can start to earn a living instead of depending on handouts from people.I commend you for this noble exercise.”
The trainees have been formed into five cooperatives and are now in the process of setting up bank accounts and businesses premises where they will begin to produce locally made shoes and bags for commercial purpose. “We are going to support them with take off grants and continuous technical support so that this project will be a success,” said Dr. Amina MB Shehu,Chairperson of ADELDI.
Hajiya Zara Goni, State Team Lead of the British Council in Maiduguri assured the trainees and all women associations in Borno of the continuous support of the British Council and EU.