A 14-day skills impacting programme for the Internally Displaced persons, IDPs, was declared open by the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Gu Xiaojie, at a site in New Kuchingoro, near Games Village, Abuja.
The Chinese Embassy in Nigeria sponsors the programme, which is organised by the National Association of State Assembly Legislators, NASAL, a non-Governmental incorporated organisation, an umbrella for serving and past members of the State Houses of Assembly.
Ambassador Gu Xiaojie said the co-operation between the Chinese Embassy and NASAL is to send a ‘’clear message to Nigerians especially those in the camps that the Chinese people support Nigeria in the fight to end acts of terrorism as well as restore peace and order in the country.’’
‘’We hope to improve the plights of IDPs and help to re-integrate them back into the society. China will always stand by Nigeria in the pursuit of economic and social wellbeing of the Nigerian people. We, therefore, urge the IDPs to acquire the skills to be taught here and return home and become more useful to the society.
The ambassador also commiserated with Nigerians over the recent bomb blast in the country, especially the recent ones in Kuje, Nyanya and Yola.
A representative of the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Ishaya Isah Chonoko, thanked the Chinese government for coming to the aid of IDPs in Abuja with the training programme.
‘’The IDP’s were forced to relocate here from their places of abode. This gesture of giving them some skills is highly appreciated,” he said and charged the IDPs to take advantage of the programme and acquire additional skills which will assist them to start a new life, subsequently.
The Director General of NASAL, Uche Chukwuma, said the programme, “Will in no small measure impact positively on the life of IDPs.
The skills acquisition programme is in the area of tailoring, soup production and generator repairs.

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