By Peter Amine
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre (CLTC) Jos, has trained 400 civilian JTF, vigilante and hunters from Adamawa and Yobe states to protect their communities from insurgency.
Mr Jonah Bawa, CLTC Director General, at passing out of the trainees on Saturday in Jos, urged the the trainees to provide the needed stabilization and resilience in their communities.
Bawa said that the training was made possible and achievable only through the support of the UNDP.
He said that such trainings had no doubt helped to bring the activities of the insurgents to the barest minimum.
“It is on record that the UNDP has recorded and is still rendering unequalled and unparalleled support to Nigeria Government and communities.
“They support is form of provision of livelihood support programmes, security, basic services and local governance all in an attempt to stabilize communities.
“Since inception of this training partnership with UNDP in 2007, the UNDP has sponsored the training of about 3000 participants in the centre.
“Mr Mohammed Yahaya, UNDP Resident Representative said that the UNDP is community to partner with Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre to impart necessary skills in youths.
Yahaya who was represented Mr Isaack Otieno, Chief Technical Advisor said that UNDP would continue to support young people and work with the states for the success of civilian JTC.
“As you go back to your states, make use of the knowledge you have acquired to make positive contribution to your communities.
“You has received quality training, your are ambassadors of CLTC and UNDP and most importantly very good citizens of Nigeria,” he said.
The CLTC Coordinator, Alhaji Abdulmumini Maimako thanked Adamawa and Yobe states government for the support and cooperation that made the course a success.
Maimako commended the civilian JTF, vigilante and hunters for the good work they have been doing to maintain peace in their various communities.
“I also appreciate you for the maturity, zeal and determination shown during the course.
“I am sure you will continue to contribute towards the attainment of the lasting peace in your states,” he said.
One of the trainees, Adam Idi thanked the UNDP and CLTC for the opportunity to acquire new knowledge on how to promote peace and peaceful coexistence.