By: Joy Odor/Kaduna
The National Commission for Nomadic Education (NCNE) Kaduna State in its efforts to re-orient the teaming nomadic youths against all forms of social vices, criminality and skills acquisition for social-economic emancipation and self-reliance has organized two-day training workshop aimed at inculcating moral social values that will change their perception of life and make them peace living citizens of Nigeria.
In his welcome address, the State Executive Secretary of the Commission, Professor Bashir Haruna Usman informed newsmen in Kaduna, North-West, Nigeria on Monday that empowering the nomadic youths is a means through which they are assisted to succeed in life and having the opportunity to develop the ability they needed to become people who can influence their communities and earn a living for social economic development.
Represented by the Director of Administration in the Commission, Mrs. Ijeoma Amugo, the Executive Secretary observed that despite their success and breakthrough recorded in the implementation of its programmes, the nomadic education program is besieged with a numbers of challenges that have continued to affect the smooth implementation process.
This, he said, include eroding social values of the beneficiaries, social vices, youths restiveness, low levels of literacy, heightened insecurity in form of rural banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping, poverty, lack of entrepreneurial skill, absence of guidance and counseling, incessant community crisis mostly between pastoralists and farmers.
Professor Usman however said the initiative of empowering more than 120 youths with skills selected from ten states across the Federation from ages of 18 and 35 years can go a long way in reducing poverty level of many nomadic societies, reduced youth restiveness, social vices such cattle rustling, kidnapping, raping, rural banditry and incessant conflicts leading to wanton destruction of lives and property.
The states are Bauchi, Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Zamfara, Kaduna, Niger, Nasarawa, Benue, Gombe and Federal Capital Territory.
Professor Usman was of the opinion that the various skills provided in the training workshop will provide the nomadic youths with artistic, manipulative, life coping, lifelong communicative empowering skills, intellectual empowering skills as well as problem solving skills.
“When a nomadic youth learns skills, he can use the skills to feed, assist others and even invest for the future. A youth who is empowered with improved animal husbandry can earn from it till he dies”.
“When the young are empowered, the societies become a good place for all to live. This is in line with the words of the President of the Citi Foundation and Director of Corporate Citizenship at Citi, Brandee Mc-Hale quote on Forbes. “When young people don’t see or have a sustainable economic path, our families and communities also suffer. In fact, the futures of nations are intrinsically tired to the economic success of young people”.
“The Commission recognized that youths are diverse in terms of their circumstance and opportunities to act as protagonists in their own transformation and that of their communities, and agree that programs that address basic needs are valuable for a wide range of beneficiaries”. He stressed.
The Executive Secretary hoped that the participant youths will pay attention to the imparting of knowledge, attitude, values and skills as well as utilized numerous globally and emerging innovative techniques to improve quality of their lives and serve as positive role models in their localities.
In his speech, the Head of Social Mobilization and Outreach of the Commission, Alhaji Mohammed Del-Nafaty disclosed that the importance of nomadic youths re-orientating their values are basically to ensure poverty eradication, good education standard, good governance, security, crime reduction, national growth, technical development, employment and wealth creation and self-reliance.
“The process for development this significant nomadic youths training came to fruition through the support and contributions of the management under the leadership of Prof. Bashir H. Usman. It is importance to appreciate our parent’s ministry, the federal ministry of education for providing the enabling policy environment fort the continuous implementation of the Nomadic Education Programme (NEP)”.
Contributing, some of the Director in the Commission observed Nigerian has to do what other countries like China, Indian, and Vietnam have done by fixing their education system which improved the quality of human capital.
They lamented that people now regard Nomadic as terrorist because many of them have turned to armed robber, kidnapping, killer and languishing in prison which they need to get rid of by doing more by embracing change of attitude which will improve their productivity.