No fewer than 1,250 Technical and Vocational education beneficiaries graduated from UNICEF special education programme in Hong Local Government Area (LGA) of Adamawa.
The UNICEF Education Specialist, Bauchi head office, Mrs Mairama Dikwa, made this known during the graduation ceremony held in Hong, the Headquarters of Hong LGA on Wednesday.
Dikwa, represented by Mrs Paulina Kigbu, UNICEF Senior Education Facilitator, said that the graduation was the second in the state.
“In November last year, about 500 young adults, female headed households, and other vulnerable members of the area that were affected by the insurgency, were trained and graduated.
“Today, marks another historic moment in the graduation of the second batch of 1,250 (597 male and 663 female) beneficiaries.
“The graduands received three months training in different vocational skills that include tailoring, welding, poultry, soap and pomade making, interlocking tiles, shoes and bag making,” Dikwa said.
She said that the project was supported and funded by government and the Germans especially the German Development Bank.
In her remarks, on behalf of Adamawa government, Mrs Angelina Pagiel, Acting Executive Secretary, Adamawa State Mass Education Board, thanked the state government for the regular counterpart funding of the programme.
“The Board, state Ministry of Education and the good people of the state are very grateful about this laudable programme.
“The programme will go along way in bringing out many households, the vulnerable and youths from the chain of poverty as well as improve their income generation for a better livelihood,” Pagiel said.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs Lydia Musa, expressed gratitude to UNICEF and Adamawa government for training them on different vocational skills.
Musa assured that the beneficiaries would judiciously put in use the skills they acquired to improve the living condition of their families.