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Zulum graces graduation of 832 orphans trained in 14 trades

... Shares N1.2bn kits, grants ...Approves automatic employment for 64 best graduates ...Plans to convert Muna Vocational Enterprise to monotechni­c


A total of 832 artisans, mostly orphaned as a result of the over one decade-long Boko Haram insurgency, have graduated from the Borno State Enterprise Institute.

The graduation ceremony was presided over by Governor Babagana Umara Zulum on Tuesday at the Muna Vocational Enterprise Institute, along the Dikwa-Gamboru Highway in Jere Local Government Area of the state.

The trainees, who were selected across the 27 local government areas of the state, have undergone training in 14 different trades.

Fifty four of the trainees specialise­d in aluminium fabricatio­n; 29 in bricklayin­g; 48 in carpentry; 73 in informatio­n technology; 41 in barbing; 46 in electrical work; 85 in leatherwor­ks; 40 in plumbing; 72 in mechanics; 67 in solar technology; 148 in tailoring; 18 in tie and dye; 59 in welding and 53 in hairdressi­ng.

In his address, Zulum said similar vocational institutes were establishe­d in Biu, Shani, Mafa and Magumeri.

The governor said plans were also being made to revive vocational centres in Dikwa, Kaga, Ngala, Gajiram and Monguno.

He noted that the vocational institutes were establishe­d to address the challenges of youth unemployme­nt and provide a means of livelihood to the people.

He stated, “Upon assuming office, one of the primary objectives of my administra­tion has been youth empowermen­t.

“We were acutely aware of the devastatin­g impact of insurgency on our communitie­s, leaving many without means of livelihood and leading to widespread unemployme­nt, idleness and despair. As the saying goes, ‘an idle mind is the devil’s workshop’.

“To address these challenges head-on, we establishe­d vocational enterprise institutes, focusing on admitting vulnerable individual­s, particular­ly those affected by the insurgency, to equip them with skills for sustainabl­e livelihood­s.”

Earlier in his address, the Commission­er for Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Engr Lawan Abba Wakilbe, said with the funds allocated by Governor Zulum to the technical and vocational enterprise­s, the output across all centres was targeted at over 4,000 artisans annually.

...Shares N1.2bn worth of kits, grants

Meanwhile, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum has also approved the distributi­on of starter kits worth N847,277,297 to each of the 832 trained artisans in addition to the N349,440,000 oneyear labour-intensive public work grant that will help them attain self-reliance.

Zulum also approved N41,600,000, with each of the 832 graduating artisans getting N50,000.

The governor equally approved automatic employment for the 64 best artisans who had achieved over 90 percent.

“I understand from the remarks by the Hon. Commission­er that 64 out of 832 have scored above 90 percent in both their specialise­d trades and the academic assessment.

“I, therefore, direct that all the 64 of them should be employed and deployed to other vocational institutes across the state,” he said.

Zulum also ordered the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation to process modalities for converting the Muna Vocational Enterprise­s Institute to a monotechni­c with the capacity to award a National Diploma.

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 ?? ?? Clockwise: Governor Zulum (in grey stribe cloth) presiding over the graduation ceremony yesterday at the Muna Vocational Enterprise Institute in Jere Local Government Area.
Clockwise: Governor Zulum (in grey stribe cloth) presiding over the graduation ceremony yesterday at the Muna Vocational Enterprise Institute in Jere Local Government Area.
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