Boko Haram:UNDP gives N34.2 million investment lifeline to disengaged CJTF
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has given N34.2 million to 190 persons who recently disengaged from the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in the North-East.
The CJTF has been part of the ongoing war against Boko Haram in the North-East, working in collaboration with military and security forces to push back the terrorist group.
After the 190 persons indicated their interest to disocciate themselves from the group, the UNDP trained them in different skills and gave each of them N180,000 as a take off grant for the chosen area of business.
The Head, UNDP Sub Office, Maiduguri, Ms Mizuho Yokoi at a graduation ceremony for the 190 trainees, picked from Yobe and Borno states, thanked them for their service in the past and congratulated them for becoming entrepreneurs while announcing that certificate will be given to each of them.
She added that each of the graduating trainee will be given a take off grant of N180,000 through the bank to start up their respective acquired businesses while directing each of them to open a bank account and forward his or her bank details.
She appreciated the support of the Government of Germany, Borno State government, State Ministry of Justice and Management of College of Agriculture in making the disengagement of the members of CJTF, a success story.
The Borno State CJTF Coordinator who is also the State Attorney General, Barrister Kaka Lawan represented by Barrister Buba Yusuf, said the emergence of CJTF was voluntary and their activities spread down to the LGAs including neighbouring states and countries of Niger, Chad and Cameroon Republics.
He assured that: “The activities of the gallant troops and other security agents are supported by President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Babagana Umara in supporting the galkant CJTF in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents.”
The Provost of College of Agriculture, Maiduguri, Lawan Wakil said the CJTF went through two weeks vocational and skills acquisition training under the funding of EU and the coordination of UNDP.
He congratulated the disengaged CJTF and urged them to invest in the skills they have acquired and utilize the opportunities they offered.
The Borno State Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo represented by Mohammed Abubakar Ngoshe thanked Governor Zulum and UNDP for their support to the CJTF.
She also advised the CJTF to rise up to the challenges in life they may find themselves, while commending the disengaged CJTF for their efforts in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists.
The Vice Chairman, CJTF, Borno State, Modu Aji thanked the state governor, state attorney general and UNDP for their support, stressing that the training scheme provided means of livelihood to the CJTF selected to benefit.