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The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) is working with a women’s rights group, StandUp for Women Society (SWS), to support teenage mothers in Bayelsa State.
The Tide source reports that 20 teenage mothers who dropped out of school in Bayelsa have been re-enrolled in education and job skills programs.
The NCDMB-funded initiative, implemented by SWS, is in collaboration with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Legal Aid Community Development Service Group.
The Deputy Director, Capacity Building, NCDMB, Mr. Timbiri Augustine, said the teenagers, selected from rural communities in the Yenagoa Local Government Area, will undergo training in fashion design, catering, facial makeup and hairdressing. for three months at the Bayelsa Institute of Tourism and Hospitality, Yenagoa.
He revealed it while speaking at the inauguration, Wednesday, at the Institute.
According to him, the Council attached so much importance to the training and development of human capital, hence the support for training.
Augustine, who praised the stakeholders for initiating the training, underscored its importance for the development of young women, adding that this was the first time the category of people would be captured by the Council for Skills Acquisition Training. skills.
“We noted that employment is limited, but there is the window of entrepreneurship that is open for all of us; there are only two ways to generate income: either as a service provider, or as a producer, or both.
“This training will expose you to the skills needed to become a service provider and a producer.
“We expect maximum commitment, you have a role to play; we are playing our own role, trainers are expected to play their own role, and you are also expected to play your own role and stay engaged and aligned with our expectations,” he instructed them.
He thanked the stakeholders involved in the training, saying the NCDMB knows the importance of partnership and collaboration as a key priority.
The Rector of the Institute of Tourism and Hospitality, Prof. Apuega Arikawie commended the NCDMB for using the facilities offered by the Institute for its various trainings and funding for various programs in the Niger Delta and in the country in general.
He said the NCDMB thought it wise to sponsor the program to empower teenage girls to care for their children and make them entrepreneurs, reduce crime, poverty and other anti-social vices plaguing the delta. from Niger.
In her speech, the President of SWS, Bayelsa Chapter, Mrs. Eunice Nnachi, said that the training program aims to achieve social integration and give hope to teenage mothers who have found themselves in the role of parent at a tender age.
Nnachi explained that trainees would receive stipends and starter kits to enable them to become self-sufficient.
She noted that more than 100 teenage mothers had been captured and would go through the skills training which would take place in different phases.
According to her, provisions were put in place to ensure that the program was well monitored and supervised for optimal impact on the beneficiaries.