The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has trained 62 youths on wood vocation under its community-based reintegration programme in Edo.
Daily Trust reports that IOM presents certificates and starter packs containing carpentry tools including power generating sets to 62 beneficiaries of the training.
Speaking during the graduation ceremony in Benin, IOM Deputy Director General, Mrs Ugochi Daniels, said training was carried out under IOM’s Nigeria: Promoting Resilience and Sustainable Livelihood for Returned Migrants and Unemployed youths through Community Based Reintegration programme.
According to her, out of the 62 beneficiaries, 19 were females who graduated as carpenters.
“IOM set up a multipurpose vocational skills training facility in collaboration with Nat Limited and Edojobs to assist returned migrants within their community to have access to socio economic opportunities.
She said vocational training provides practical skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to the workplace, making graduates of such programmes highly employable and ultimately addressing the key drivers of irregular migration.
Mrs Ugochi explained that Edo state has a history of woodwork artistry and that IOM leveraged on that to promote a blend of learning the wood trade and exposing them to opportunities that are bound within the space.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Miss Osayomo Usuanlele, commended the IOM for giving them the opportunity and promised to make good use of the knowledge.