A Nigerian agency, the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) has commenced training of 100 youth in the modern methods of Electrical Installation and Maintenance.
The five days training that is taking place at the Construction and Fabrication Academy of West Africa Building in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, began on Monday the 24th day of October 2022.
Participants for the training who are majorly electricians were selected across the Local Government Areas of the state.
In the training attended by MAWA-Foundation as an independent Civil Society observer, beneficiaries were seen kitted in safety coats, helmets, and safety boots.
NASENI has also provided toolboxes that will be given to the beneficiaries at the end of the training. The agency officials that unveiled the toolboxes say it will aid them to provide quality and improved services that will enable them to compete in the modern time.
Mr. Mohammed Sani Haruna, a professor, the NASENI Executive Vice Chairman, and Chief Executive, at the opening ceremony, said the training is part of the Federal Government directive to build skills among youth and artisans that will create jobs and address unemployment.
Government officials at the training commended the Federal Government of Nigeria for an initiative that will provide skills for young people. They say the approach will play a vital role in addressing poverty and unemployment which have continued to be a considerable challenge confronting the Nigerian State.
Nine of the participants who spoke to MAWA-Foundation said they are happy with the training and are prepared to make the best use of the opportunity it presents to them.
In confident voices, they say the skills that will be gained from the training, will help improve their work and expand their business which will allow for job creation among young persons in the state.
The Calabar training is quite different from the one MAWA Foundation has observed. Unlike what we observed during the Oyo State training where all the 100 beneficiaries were men, in Calabar, the beneficiaries are both men and women.
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