By: Eunice Maina,
A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), SOS Children Villages Nigeria in partnership with the Dutch Government, KRP Communications Limited and FEMA, have trained 70 Graduates in Plateau State.
The 10 day training with the theme, “Building strong self-esteem, discovering inner self and identity, was held at Gold and Base Rayfield, in Jos, the Plateau State capital.
The training, which ended on 25th of September, 2020, according to the organizers is part of “The Next Economy’s” (TNE) Youth Employability Trajectory Programme.
The Training had 70 Graduates in attendance as participants.
Kaneng Rwang Pam, the Lead Consultant of KRP Communications Limited and Project Coordinator, described the training as a, “Contribution to encouraging African youths and to reduce sky-rocketing unemployment rates”.
She explained that, “If our youths are gainfully employed, we have a more vibrant economy, we have increased disposable income and this speaks to SDG 5 about decent jobs for everyone. We want to change the thinking of Nigerians of wanting to go outside the shores of this country or outside Africa to get jobs.
“We can create the jobs here because, there are opportunities, but young people need to package themselves professionally.
“Graduates, who have already gone through the University also need mind re-engineering that will detoxify them from very discouraging vulnerability factors around, such as, coming from poor homes, maybe living in poor neighborhood, maybe trying for jobs, no jobs, we want to change that”. She added.
She revealed that, the next phase of the program is hoping to target about Five Hundred (500) young Graduates in Plateau State by the year 2023 through SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria initiative.
On his part, Mr. Gyang Botsha, the Training Manager, described the programme as an opportunity for the trained youth to effectively compete in the open market.
He said, “This is giving the youths a fighting chance in the world out there, a chance for them to be able to compete and be marketable enough to have employment”.
Some of the participants, who spoke to REALITY, were full of praise for the organizers over the training. Testifying that, it was a great opportunity.