The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons says it is collaborating with Innoson Motors to train about 100 persons to build their capacity in automobile engineering.
Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, the NCFRMI boss, explained that the collaboration was part of the ‘Project Skill Up’ where “persons of concern” would develop skills to become self-reliant and employers of labour.
“Innoson Vehicle Motors has agreed to train 100 persons of concern for over one year to be proficient in the automobile industry so that they can be able to make cars or repair cars,” stated Ms Sulaiman-Ibrahim. “After the one-year training, they can choose to either work for Innoson Motors or open their own company or shop.”
Ms Sulaiman-Ibrahim also noted that the commission had other projects like ‘Project Education’ that will see the birth of technical learning centres around the camps to encourage out-of-school children to be engaged.
“Also, we will soon see the birth of ‘Project Total Health’ by the commission, where we will see to the health concerns of persons of concern. Each camp has a clinic but let us see how we can strengthen them,” she added. “We also have ‘Project Resettlement City’. It is in the pilot phase now in locations like Maiduguri, Kano, and Katsina. We are about to begin the second phase in Zamfara, Edo, and Nasarawa states.”
According to Ms Sulaiman-Ibrahim, the agency hopes to “see camps converted into resettlement cities.”
She added, “These people have stayed so long in those camps, and it has become their homes. So we will be engaging state governments and others to convert the camps to cities.”
Ms Sulaiman-Ibrahim restated her commitment to collaborate with stakeholders, including the media, to ensure that concerted efforts to support all “persons of concern” in Nigeria are effectively achieved.