Senator Abdullahi Gumel of Jigawa State is collaborating with Mall Garba Foundation, MGF, on free skills acquisition training programme for the empowerment of less-privileged youth in Nigeria.
The foundation has so trained 4,200 people, free-of-charge, on various skills acquisition programmes since its establishment in Nigeria, with headquarters in Kaduna North Central state, in line with its objective and policy.
Speaking on Monday during a ground breaking graduation ceremony of Batch “A” 2017, held in Arewa House Kaduna, both Mall Garba and Senator Gumel reiterated their determinations to use the programme to impact positively in the development of less-privileged people in the country through providing skills acquisition training for volunteers.
Mall Garba Said 60 percent of the 1,713 trained previously are doing very well in their various trades in different states across the states. He also disclosed that the foundation had visited many IDP camps, including that of Nasarawa state, especially those displaced from Plateau and Benue states, respectively.
“During our visit, the foundation distributed cloths, foot-wares and other essentialities produced by the trainee, and drugs worth hundreds of naira to the displaced people,” he said.
He also said that “MGF trains participants on multipurpose-made products such as soap, Vaseline, etc., mobile application development and mgt, Agricultural training, farming, animal husbandry, computer hardware and software mgt and installation of air-conditions and maintenance.
“Others are web design and development, satellites installation/intercoms, photography and video coverage, commercial feed making, fashion and design, tailoring, automobile work, hair dressing salons, and barbing, among other economic trades.”
Mall Garba said the foundation did not only train for free-of-charge, it also empowered the beneficiaries by providing working tools and equipments for those trained immediately after the graduation, to enable them establish their outfits.
Also speaking, Senator Abdullahi Gumel, who sponsored 36 people for the skills acquisition training programme in Kaduna, said, he is determined to sponsor more people to undertake the training if not for the ‘competitive nature of space’ for participating, until end of his tenure, as a way of giving back to the society.
According to him, the quality of the training programme demonstrated his determination to collaborate, appealing to his colleagues to imbibe the gesture. “If Mall Garba will accept, I’ll train more people until the end of my tenure, but this is the limit we are allowed,” he said, urging those trained from Jigawa to extend the trades to others in the state.