PCNI Em­pow­ers 400 Youths from Con­flict Zones

THISDAY - - NEWS - Daji Sani in Yola

The Pres­i­den­tial Com­mit­tee on the North-East Ini­tia­tive (PCNI) yes­ter­day dis­closed that it had em­pow­ered at least 400 youths from dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties rav­aged by Boko Haram, not­ing that the ben­e­fi­cia­ries were trained in en­trepreneur­ship, dig­i­tal graph­ics de­sign and re­pairs of smart phone.

The Vice Chair­man of PCNI, Mr. Ti­j­jani Tumsa made the dis­clo­sure at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the PCNI ICT Re­source Cen­tre at the Fed­eral Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion (FCE) in Yola, the Adamawa cap­i­tal.

Tumsa, who was rep­re­sented by the PCNI State Co­or­di­na­tor, Mr. Ham­man Bello said the North-East ranked the low­est in ICT across all re­gions of the coun­try.

He said the re­source cen­tres were estab­lished “to bridge this glar­ing gap adding that the ob­jec­tives was also to im­prove ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy in the North-East.

“The 400 youths, who ben­e­fit­ted from the seven-month pro­gramme were drawn across the six states of the restive re­gion. It is to make the peo­ple of the re­gion rav­aged by the Boko Haram in­sur­gency to be self-pro­duc­tive and eco­nom­i­cally in­de­pen­dent

“The pro­gramme was de­signed to in­cul­cate much needed skill in the peo­ple of the North-east, es­pe­cially be­tween 18 and 45 years. Dur­ing the pro­gramme all par­tic­i­pants would be trained on a num­ber of dif­fer­ent mod­ules.”

He said the par­tic­i­pants “will first be trained on en­trepreneur­ship and com­puter ap­pre­ci­a­tion af­ter which they would be di­vided into two groups.

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