In the bid to meet up with the 17 million deficit in the Housing sector in Nigeria, the Nigerian Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC) graduated 45 Internally Displaced Person’s (IDP) trainees as part of its Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR), the Skills Empowerment Training which covered three sub sectors within the building construction industry were in Masonry (Block Making/Laying), Plumbing and Electrical installations.
The training which was sponsored by NMRC and coordinated by the Industrial Training Fund Abuja Area office is first of its kind in the series by NMRC. The event kick started and was declared open with a welcome address by the Executive Director of Policy & Strategy, Dr Chii Akporji followed by the head of the Industrial Trust Fund (ITF) represented by Mrs Evelyn Irabor who charged the trainees to utilize the opportunity which will help them chart a new cause for their lives especially when they get back to their respective locations. The CEO/M D Prof Charles Inyangete advised the trainees to take the skills they have learnt to heart as a valuable asset that can take them through the next phase of their lives. The MD also said that the empowerment training will be a continuous exercise.
Prof Inyangete promised to create opportunity for internship for the graduands in other to enable them horn their skills as the two months training was short and not enough to fully equip them with the rudiments needed in the construction industry as well as provide market for the skills acquired.
Mrs Evelyn Irabor presented the certificates to the graduands alongside the M D of NMRC, Professor Charles Inyangete which was also followed by the presentation of working tools for the trade.
The trainees thanked NMRC and ITF and also suggested that the same gesture should be extended to other IDP camps in Goru and in other camps.
One of the displaced persons, Enoch Yohanna, an assistant coordinator of Nelson Mandela skills center located within the camp thanked the organizers on behalf of the graduands for their support but called on the federal government to do more in alleviating their sufferings as the government has not provided the camp with any form of infrastructure. He stated that the camp lacks basic infrastructure as the only source of portable water was provided by NMRC two years ago. At the end of the event, Mr Philemon Emmanuel coordinator of the camp also thanked NMRC.
The IDP camp is located in Kuchingoro part of the F C T and houses the Internally Displaced Persons who were sacked from their village of Goza in Borno state and Muchika in Adamawa state by the most dreaded terrorist group Boko Haram. The camp is made up 4,000 refuges comprising of 450 Children, 1573 Women and 1977 Men respectively.
By Martha Habu