Kaduna — The Community Empowerment and Development Initiative (CEDI) with support from the American Embassy has commenced a 3-month vocational training for 52 vulnerable adults in Kaduna.
The vulnerable adults comprising of the crippled, deaf and dumb are to be trained on skills in computer studies, tailoring, shoe-making and knitting among others.
According to the chairperson of CEDI, Safiya Ahmadu, the empowerment project seeks to take the vulnerable adults off the streets by making them self reliant and making life more meaningful to them.
She urged the beneficiaries to take the training very seriously and to learn to help one another irrespective of tribe, religion and political affiliation.
She also appealed to them not to hesitate to impart on others when they become established. "I urge you to be serious and not waste tax payers' money. Let this training be the beginning of a positive turn around in your lives," she said.
At the end of the three months' training, she said the participants would be monitored for another three months to ensure that the tools given to them are well utilized.
Also, the director of the programme, Mrs. Gladys John, urged the participants to take advantage of the training to actualize their dreams and advised them to be willing to impart to others the skills they acquire at the end of the training.
"You should see this training as a rare opportunity which many out there are looking for without any breakthrough.
"I urge you to make every opportunity throughout the duration of the training to have something that will change your lives and those of others," she pleaded.
One of the beneficiaries, Richard who spoke in sign language thanked the organisers of the training for bringing out the ability in them and making them useful members of the society.