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.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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