NEDC trains 150 youths on waste recycling skills in Gombe
The North East Development Commission (NEDC) has begun one-week training for 150 youths in Gombe State on waste management and recycling skills to improve their living condition.
Malam Adamu Lawan, NEDC’s Head, Environment and Natural Resources, stated this at the inauguration of the exercise on Monday in Gombe.
He said the exercise was designed to create job opportunities and empower the youths in line with the Commission’s mandate to provide intervention towards improving the wellbeing of people in the North-East region.
Lawan said the waste-to-wealth initiative focused on creating employment opportunities, enhancing wealth creation, and addressing pollution, degradation and other environmental challenges.
According to him, the Commission is adopting strategies to convert huge wastes into something useful as a resource or product.
He explained that Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) would be provided to the trainees.
Lawan said the Commission accorded priority to the health of youths, hence the donation of the PPEs to protect them while they carry out their activities.
The NEDC official said the commission would set up a recycling plant in the state to cater for the waste generated across the local government areas of the state.
On his part, NEDC focal person in Gombe State, Shehu Ibrahim said the training was a partnership between NEDC and the Gombe State Government aimed at providing job opportunities for youths to become self-reliant.
Ibrahim urged the participants to take the training seriously to enable them to engage in productive activities and become employers of labour.
He commended the state government and other stakeholders for their efforts to make the youths self-reliant.
Also, Ishaku Kure, Director of Environment, Gombe State Ministry of Environment and Forest Resources, described the training exercise as beneficial to the environment and humankind.
One of the trainees, Vesta Tuka, also described the training as relevant in view of the availability of the raw materials and wealth potentials in wastes.
Tuka commended NEDC and the state government for the initiative aimed at empowering youths to become self-reliant.