S/Africa to es­tab­lish skills cen­tre for IDPs

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­dul­la­teef Salau

The South African High Com­mis­sion in Nige­ria has ex­pressed readi­ness to es­tab­lish skills ac­qui­si­tion cen­tres at var­i­ous In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons camps in Abuja to em­power the IDPs.

Speak­ing with news­men yes­ter­day ahead of the com­mem­o­ra­tion of the Man­dela Day and 40th an­niver­sary of the Soweto up­ris­ing, the coun­try’s High Com­mis­sioner to Nige­ria, Am­bas­sador Lulu Louis Mn­guni, said the de­ci­sion was in­formed by the virtues of the late for­mer pres­i­dent, Nel­son Man­dela, whom he said al­ways iden­ti­fied with the dis­ad­van­taged. Man­dela lived his life fight­ing for the op­pressed, marginalised, dis­ad­van­taged and the poor, the en­voy said.

“We say let’s have a skill ac­qui­si­tion cen­tre to em­power IDPs. So when the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the North-east im­proves and they re­turn home, they must have ac­quired some skills and be­come em­ploy­able. Sit­ting there idle is dan­ger­ous,” he said.

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