Addressing the graduates at a ceremony in Yola, the Programme Director of EDC, Mr Idris Bawa, said the gesture was part of the centre’s effort to assist the IDPs pick up their lives when they finally return home.
Bawa who assured the graduates of 18 months free business advisory to enable them survive challenges they might face while setting up their businesses and urged them to make good use of what they learnt to be self reliant and employ others.
While reiterating the commitment of EDC to continue to meet its objectives of promoting economic development and turning youths into productive citizens, Bawa said the centre had since inception in 2013 in collaboration with Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) trained about 4000 youths in the North East.
Speaking at the occasion, a facilitator, Mr Abdullatif Babatunde, lauded the trainees for their commitment during the training and urged them to show similar zeal in establishing their businesses.
Babatunde also urged government at all levels to come to their aid with the needed capital to set up their businesses pointing out that their peculiar problems had made it difficult for them to contemplate taking loans from banks.
In their various remarks, some of the graduates who spoke, Vandi Tizhe, Nafisa Mohammed and Asabe Ibrahim thanked EDC and CBN for the gesture saying it would go a long way in helping them to pick up their lives once again.
"They called Goodluck Jonathan, who gave you YouWIN and SURE-P, and PRESSID Scholarships clueless. So what do we call APC that gives you wheelbarrow? They said GEJ was tribalistic yet his NSA, CDS, IGP, CNS, CGP and minister of defense were from the North. So what do we say of President Muhammadu Buhari whose DG DSS is from his own hometown and whose Minister of Defense, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Air Staff, NSA, IGP, CGP, CGI, CGP are all from his Northern Region? You see, no matter how far falsehood has travelled, it must eventually be overtaken by truth!"
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