The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Jigawa has commenced the training of 50 vulnerable persons on skills acquisition, the Director in the state, Malam Muhammad Sambo, has said.
Sambo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Dutse that the group would be trained under NDE's Vocational Skills Development Scheme (VSDS).
He said that the training was designed to assist youths, women and the vulnerable persons in the state to engage in activities that would improve their lives.
The director explained that during the three months programme, participants would be exposed to tailoring, knitting, shoe, pomade, soap and beads-making and curry processing.
Sambo said N2,000 would be given to each of the trainees as monthly allowances while N1.5 million would be disbursed to them as resettlement packages at the end of the programme.
One of the participants, Malam Bilyaminu Umar, 25, a cripple, said he enrolled in the programme as a cobbler in training.
Umar told NAN that the training would help him in seeking means of livelihood rather than begging on the streets.
He commended the Federal Government for the initiative and called on other well-meaning Nigerians to help the vulnerable.
Also speaking, a widow, Mrs Rabi Ismail, who enrolled as a trainee in knitting, said the programme would assist her in sending her six children to school. NAN