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February 27, 2024

FG committed to empowering nomads- Perm sec

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Members of the Committee on Critiquing and Production of training manuals for Nomadic Youth on Skills acquisition and sustainable livelihoods.

By Ahmed Ubandoma

The Federal Government has expressed its commitment to partner with the National Commission for Nomadic Education (NCNE) to empower and strengthen the capacity of nomads in the country.

Dr. Sani Gwarzo, the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Afftairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, said this in a statement by the Information Officer of the Ministry, Mrs Rhoda Iliya, in Abuja.

Gwarzo was speaking during submission of concept note by NCNE for Critiquing and Production of training manuals for Nomadic Youth on Skills acquisition and sustainable livelihoods.

He underscored the need for the Commission to partner with the relevant agencies towards building the capacity of nomads through education, training and empowerment in various skills.

” We both have a lot to do in terms of training and empowerment of nomads,” he said.

The permanent secretary urged the executives of NCNE to use its radio services to intensify campaign towards reorientation of nomadic communities against any act of indiscipline.

Gwarzo also urged the commission to use their existing radio service to create awareness by airing the programmes of the Humanitarian Ministry.

In his response, the Executive Secretary of NCNE, Prof. Bashir Usman, said the commission had widened its scope to accommodate new realities occasioned by the devastating impact of climate change.

Usman said, the commission was initially established 1989 with the mandate to cater for the education of nomads, pastoralists, migrants and fish farmers.

He, however, said there was changes in their mode of operation due to the impact of climate change and insecurity which necessitated a review of the commission’s establishment act.

The NCNE boss also said, the review was necessary to respond to the emerging issues affecting the nomads in the country.

According to him, three different new Skill Acquisition Centres were established in addition to extra-moral classes for the educational advancement of the nomads.

He, therefore, seek to partner with the ministry to support the humanitarian needs of the nomads in Nigeria(NAN)(www.nannews.ng).

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Edited by Isaac Aregbesola

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