As a means of empowering young people of Nimba for self-sustainability, a local NGO—Kpodo Rural Development Foundation (KRUDF), has begun training 70 youth in Bahn, Nimba County.
The director of KRUDF, Mr. Joseph Menlor, explains that his organization is committed to the training of young people of Zoe Geh District.
He said Zoe Geh with over 120,000 population doesn’t have any vocation training opportunity for its youth thus leaving most of the youth without skills with most of them now been turned into motorcyclists.
He said, KRUDF believes in union in diversity and therefore seeks to empower the young people so they can be self-reliant.
The 10-month training program, which was formally launched on May 15, covered four courses including electricity, masonry, agriculture and building trade. It is funded by the Norwegian Refugee Council and Swedish International Development Aid/SIDA.
The orator at the commencement program of the graduates, Mr. Horace Yansine, stressed on the important and role of private sector in our community of which he said reduction of poverty and unemployment had been left with ordinary business people and even farmers.
Mr. Yansine maintained that private sector serves as agent of change in our society and urged them to be fair and accountable, transparent and go against self-greed.
He urged young people to be focused so as to contribute positively to the development of their community, the county and the country at-large.
“Be serious in what you are learning and encourage your friend to join you in the training,” said Bahn City Mayor, Angie Dopoe.
Meanwhile, KRUDF Director Menlor called on the government and philanthropists for support so they expand the program.
He said his organization has decided to embark the construction of a building, which will house the vocational wing of the program.