NMRC, ITF begin artisans’ training in Abuja IDP camp

IDPs’ camp. PHOTO: hrw.org

In fulfilling its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC) has commenced a vocational skills acquisition programme in the New Kuchingoro IDP Camp, Kaura District, Abuja.

The two months vocational training programme which is coordinated by the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) is focused on skill acquisition in the area of masonry (Block making/ laying), plumbing, electrical Installation.

The Executive Director, NMRC, Dr. Chii Akporji stated that the role of NMRC was to promote mortgage by releasing money to banks to give out mortgage. She noted that lack of skill is a major challenge facing housing in Nigeria. She cited that some incidences of building collapse can be traced to the lack of building skills.

The Executive Director disclosed that the goal of the training programme is to eventually build a network of NMRC artisans. She added that the platform will serve as a channel for job placement for the artisans. She explained that the inaugural set of trainees will not be less than 45 while the subsequent ones will be more than the present number.

Speaking at the commencement of the training programme, ITF Director General, Mr. Joseph Ari represented by the Area Manager, Usman M.Y Dadi praised NMRC for bringing the ITF onboard to coordinate the programme.

He said that ITF also undertakes training in the construction industry to ensure the sector is free of building collapse.The IDP Camp Chairman, Philemon Emmanuel who represented the trainees, thanked NMRC for bringing the skill acquisition programme to the Camp.

The Camp Coordinator, Programme Trainees/Beneficiaries, Lynette Johnson thanked the NMRC for the programme, adding that it was much needed to ensure creation of jobs for the members of the IDP Camp.

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