October 7th, 2019, 10:45 Am, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria
In response to recent social challenges and in keeping with one of its core values (Inclusion), the Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company Plc (NMRC) has focused its Corporate Social Responsibility initiative for 2019 on empowering Victims of Human Trafficking and Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s).
The 2019 CSR initiative is in partnership with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and was flagged off on the 7th of October 2019 in Abuja. Under the program, forty (40) participants including Internally Displaced Persons as well as rescued victims from NAPTIP Shelter are to receive skill acquisition training in different construction areas such as Interior Decoration, Plumbing, Painting, Electrical Wiring, and Masonry.
NMRC’s MD/CEO Mr. Kehinde Ogundimu formally launched the program and encouraged the participants to make good use of the training opportunity so they can join the workforce and become the choice of housing developers.
Additionally, Mr. Kehinde Ogundimu noted that NMRC is already having discussions to expand the skills acquisition program in partnership with the German Development Agency GIZ to take more participants in the coming years.
The Area Manager ITF Abuja, Faruq Ahmed in his remarks stated that the partnership with NMRC was in fulfillment of ITF’s responsibility under the National Industrial Revolution Plan of the Federal Government of Nigeria that is aimed at tackling youth unemployment. He added that ITF was grateful for the opportunity to work with NMRC in delivering the program.
Also speaking at the event, the representative of the Director-General NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah, in the person of Mrs. Ebele Ulasi, Director Counselling, and Rehabilitation, noted that the training and skills acquisition was instrumental to helping NAPTIP deliver on its intervention of rescuing and rehabilitating human traffic victims by passing them through NMRC’s CSR program.
The capacity building and skills acquisition training program is scheduled to last two-months and successful participants would be given certification as well as basic start-up trade tools.