Troops of 121 Task Force Battalion, Nigerian Army have launched vocational training/skills acquisition programmes for widows and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) seeking refuge in Pulka, Borno State.
In a communique released by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the programme “which was flagged off by the Commander, 26 Task Force Brigade, Brigadier General Adeyinka Laguda featured tailoring, soap making, poultry and fish farming, amongst others.”
The statement added the aim of the scheme was to cushion the devastating effects of Boko Haram terrorists’ activities on the lives of the widows and dissuade the youth from indulging in illicit activities since a popular saying goes that “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.”
Furthermore, the spokesman added that the scheme was embarked on in order to resuscitate the sleeping economy of the Borno city, Pulka.
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According to the statement, the commander, Brigadier General Laguda also used the opportunity to commission a new Medical Centre established in Pulka by the 121 Task Force Battalion unit in collaboration with UNICEF.
The event which witnessed a large turnout of people including dignitaries from Borno state government, graduated about 225 persons who were registered for the skills acquisition programme: Tailoring 25, Pomade making 50, Washing Soap making 48, Liquid Soap making 32, Fish farming 27, Poultry 8, Izal and Insecticide Making 35 students.