Representative of Borno state Governor Alhaji Kabiru Wanori presented starter-packs to out-of-school youth in Maiduguri. Photo: Dauda Iliya
The Victims Support Fund, VSF, has presented starter kits to 52 out-of-school youth related to 100 district chiefs killed by Boko Haram insurgents under the Borno Emirate Council.
Chairman of the Foundation, Theophilus Danjuma made the presentation on Thursday, in Maiduguri the Borno state capital.
Mr Danjuma, who was represented by VSF Executive Director, Prof. Nana Tanko, said that the beneficiaries were trained in various skills ranging from carpentry, masonry, tailoring and shoemaking.
The programme was launched in June this year with support to one thousand widows and orphans in areas of livelihood and educational materials.
The Chairman observed that idle youth are most vulnerable for recruitment into terrorism and insurgency, hence the need to engage them in entrepreneurship and skills acquisition programmes.
He assured to collaborate with other institutions that will support the graduands in order to sustain their businesses.
“We are really committed to making sure that the root of the Boko Haram which is really unemployment and vulnerabilities are much controlled to the level where resilience can be built to resist any form of terrorist or insurgents group, he stressed “.
Mr Danjuma said Victims Support Fund will also empower communities in the North East to foster dialogue among different groups to engender peace in the region.
Borno state Governor Babagana Zulum represented by the Commissioner Inter-governmental affairs, Alhaji Kabiru Wanori, charged humanitarian and other Non-governmental organisations in the state to channel their intervention in areas of vocational training and skills acquisition programmes.
The Governor urged the youths to make better use of the training and items provided to become productive members of society.
Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Garbai Elkanemi represented by District Head of Bolori, Alhaji Abba Masta Yusuf appreciated VSF for recognising families of deceased traditional rulers, who are also victims of insurgency.
Two of the beneficiaries Mohammed Ibrahim and Nana Abba Ali promised to train other youth in their neighbourhood.
Reporting by Dauda Iliya; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino