Executive Secretary (ES) of National Commission for Nomadic Education (NCNE), Prof. Bashir H. Usman, has said despite successes and breakthroughs recorded in the implementation of the national Nomadic Education Programme (NEP), the education programme are besieged with a number of challenges that have continued to affect the smooth implementation process.
The ES made the disclosure in a welcome address at a two-day’ training workshops on value reorientation, social vices and livelihood skills development, organised for over 127 nomadic youths in Kaduna, on Monday.
The challenges listed, among others things, include eroding social values of the beneficiaries, social vices, youths restiveness, low levels of literacy, heightened insecurity in form of rural banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping, poverty, lack of entrepreneurial skills, absence of guidance and counseling, incessant community crisis mostly between pastoralists and farmers.
Professor Usman, who was represented by director of administration, Mrs. Ejeoma G. Amugo, however, said it’s in appreciation of the enormous challenges associated with the effective implementation of the programme that the commission organised the training to re-orientate the teaming nomadic youths against all forms of social vices, criminality and skills acquisition for socio economic emancipation and reliance amongst the Fulani youths.
He said the initiative of empowering the youths with skills selected from ten states across the federation from ages of 18 and 35 years “can go a long way in reducing poverty level of many nomadic societies, reduced youth restiveness, social vices such as cattle rustling, kidnapping, raping, rural banditry and incessant conflicts leading to wanton destruction of lives and property.”
Professor Usman noted that the various skills provided in the training workshop will provide the nomadic youths with artistic, manipulative, life coping, lifelong communicative empowering skills, intellectual empowering skills as well as problem-solving skills.
“When a nomadic youth learns skills, he can use the skills to feed, assist others and even invest for the future. A youth, who is empowered with improved animal husbandry, can earn from it till he dies.
“Youths empowerment is of good important to both nations and the empowered; their future prosperity and nations is secured, ensures these are the people that are future leaders of any nation, which implies the youths are the leaders of tomorrow.
“When the young are empowered, the society becomes a good place for all to live. This is in line with the words of the President of the Citi Foundation and Director of Corporate Citizenship at Citi, Brandee Mc-Hale quote on Forbes: ‘When young people don’t see or have a sustainable economic path, our families and communities also suffer. In fact, the futures of nations are intrinsically tied to the economic success of young people.’
“The Commission recognized that youths are diverse in terms of their circumstance and opportunities to act as protagonists in their own transformation and that of their communities, and agree that programs that address basic needs are valuable for a wide range of beneficiaries,” he stressed.
The Executive Secretary expressed hoped that the participant youths would pay attention to the imparting of knowledge, attitude, values and skills as well as utilized numerous globally and emerging innovative techniques to improve quality of their lives and serve as positive role models in their localities.
In his speech, the Head of Social Mobilization and Outreach of the Commission, Alhaji Mohammed Del-Nafaty, disclosed that the importance of nomadic youths re-orientating their values are basically to ensure poverty eradication, good education standard, good governance, security, crime reduction, national growth, technical development, employment and wealth creation and self-reliance.
“The process for development of this significant nomadic youths training came to fruition through the support and contributions of the management under the leadership of Prof Bashir H. Usman. It is importance to appreciate our parent’s ministry – the federal ministry of education – for providing the enabling policy environment for the continuous implementation of the Nomadic Education Programme (NEP)”.
Contributing, some directors in the Commission observed that people now regard Nomads as terrorist, because many of them have turned to armed robbery, kidnapping and killers, and many are languishing in prisons, which they need to get rid of by doing more through embracing change of attitude which will improve their productivity.
According of them, Nigeria has to do what other countries like China, India, and Vietnam have done – by fixing their education system, which improved the quality of human capital.
The states so far captured in the first batch of the training are Bauchi, Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Zamfara, Kaduna, Niger, Nasarawa, Benue, Gombe and the Federal Capital Territory.