A training workshop for 37 Master Trainers for the N-Skills Programme, an arm under Federal Government’s National Social Investment Programme N-Power, has commenced in Abuja.
Declaring the training session open, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Farouq said that the N-Skills programme was targeted at marginalized and disadvantaged population, including those with primary or no-formal education.
The Minister, represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Bashir Alkali said that the 37 Master Trainers would coordinate the training of 6,475 youths selected from the 36 States and FCT.
“The Ministry worked with experienced training service providers to carefully select those to be trained today as Master Trainers. We expect these Master Trainers to effectively play their role of coordinating the training of the target beneficiaries of the N-Skills programme in their respective States and FCT.” The Minister stated.
“The success of the programme relies to a large extent on your capacity and commitment to ensure effective delivery of the training, especially in the three important areas of Life Skills, Foundational Skills and Entrepreneurial Skills. He Noted.
Earlier, the National Coordinator, NSIP, Dr Umar Bindir said that N-Power was aimed at empowering and building the capacity of the target groups.
He added that the training became necessary to ensure that no one was left behind under President Muhammadu Buhari administration of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2032.
The Team Lead, N-Power, Mr Nsikak Okon said that 175 N-Skills beneficiaries were selected through random sampling from the 36 states and the FCT.
“We target market places and other informal places as well as the streets. The essence of training the Master Trainers is to ensure that they get it right from the foundation. They have to know the entrepreneurial skills as well as life skills so that when they go back to the grassroots, they will be able to impart what they have been taught”. Mr Nsikak Okon said.
The beneficiaries would be provided with start-up kits at the end of the training.
Reporting by Hadiza Abdulrahman; editing by Adeniyi Bakare