EU outfit, BRICC, empowers 5,000 youths in Yobe

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Yobe governor Mai Mala Buni

Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni

By Mohammed Abubakar,

Damaturu

The European Union- funded (EU) Building Resilience in Complex Crisis (BRICC) programme in Yobe State, Mercy Corps, is graduating 5,000 youths from its youth vocational skills training.

The programme was to ensure that 5,000 youths, aged 18 to 24, have access to basic entrepreneurship training, inclusive of basic literacy and numeracy and small cash grants for small business development.

Over the last 18 months, the programme has built economic opportunities throught on and off-farm livelihood activities, with training provided in 17 different vocational skills. The training they received ranged from aluminum work and glass fabrication, automobile repairs, bag making, barbing, bicycle repairs and maintenance, blacksmith, cap making, furniture making, groundnut oil processing, knitting, phone repairs, shoemaking, tailoring, tricycle repairers, welding and metal fabrication.

On the success of the intervention, the Programme Director, Freeman Muleya, said, “The youth livelihood intervention sought to address the underlying challenges of youth employment, recruitment and indoctrination of young people into violent extremist groups. This is a great milestone for the BRICC programme, as Mercy Corps Nigeria marks her 10th year anniversary this year”.

He said that it was important to ride on the support of government agencies with youth empowerment within their mandates, such as the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) and Youth Empowerment and Social Support Operations-(YESSO).

He also said that with funding from the EU, the programme was able to support the Ministry of Women Affairs, BEST Centre Damaturu, and NDE vocational training centres with vocational training equipment.

The programme has also opened the horizon of the rural and vulnerable populace to the need of investment in human development.

Many of the graduated youths have expressed their appreciation for the intervention, and the kind support provided by the EU.

“I had always wanted to learn tailoring but did not get the opportunity and support. During my training, I was really dedicated and made the place my home and attended even weekends I am grateful to Mercy Corps as with the grant I received. I am able to set up,” were the words of Dauda, who got trained and received a business grant.

 

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