Governor Zulum Flags off FG ARC-P, Training Of 968 Youths Facilitators in Borno
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Federal Government through the At Rusks Children Program (ARC-P), in collaboration with the Borno state government have Flagg off the training of 968 youths facilitators to mentor vulnerable children to be reliant, as part of their efforts to address the high number of out of school children and other associated risks against youths and children,.
Flagging off the training at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim College of Education (KICOE), Maiduguri on Monday, the Borno state state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum said ” today is another milestone of partnership between the Federal government and the Borno state government . the ARC-P program and other federal governments social investment programs are inline the my administration’s 25 Year Development Plan.”
Governor Babagana Zulum who represented by the state commission for women Affairs, Hajiya Zuwaura Gambo said ” I want commend President Muhammadu Buhati for various social investment programme in the state that were geared towards bettering the lives of our people, especially the vulnerable youths, women and children that were affected by the over 12 tears Boko Haram insurgency .
He said the social investment programme is about investing in people, which is part of the 10 year agenda of the APC government in Borno state, adding that the government has executed many programs and projects geared toward strengthening the resilience of the people affected by the insurgency.
Zulum assured of the Borno state continued partnership and collaboration between the state, the Federal governments and other donor agencies and called on the trainees to put in good use the knowledge acquired to change the future of the children of the state.
Earlier in her remarks, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhati on Social investment and the National Coordinator of the ARC-P program, Dr Maryam Uwais said the Federal government is concerned about the plight of the At Risks children, especially the out of school children who are above 20.5 million , hence, the introduction of ARC-P to reduced the number of vulnerable women.
Represented by Deputy Director Budget and planing, , Mrs Grace Akpabio said the main objective of the program is geared towards reducing risks associate with youths, children and other vulnerable women, through education, health, empowerment of youths and children.
” This 3 weeks training in Borno is an opportunity to familiarize with the youths with ARC-p, provide basic tools on mentoring and guidance, recognized the different skills of the trainees and areas of comparative advantage, standard training syllables as well serve as feedback mechanism”, she added.
In his goodwill message, the Borno state commissioner for education, Hon. Lawan Wakilbe said out of 20.5 million out of school children in Nigeria, 1.8 are in Borno and the state has 56,000 orphans and 49,000 widows due to. Boko Haram insurgency, while number of fatherless children yet to be ascertained.
In her welcome address, the Borno state coordinator of the ARC-P, Hajiya Inna Galadima said ” each of the 968 trainees that were drawn from various local government areas of the state were carefully selected and are expected to train 50 children, totaling about 67,000 children and the program is expected to last for two years, after which the state government will take over..
The ARC-P program was launch some time in May 2022, with a view to ensure that the living standard of the vulnerable youths and children change for better . I urge you to make good use of the opportunity provided by this training “, Galadima added.