The Bauchi state Orphans and Vulnerable Children Agency, BASOVCA, has graduated 101 orphans and vulnerable children from its skills acquisition scheme and were also presented with gifts of starter packs that will enable them to start their own businesses.
The Executive Chairman of the Agency, Alhaji Ibrahim Hali Abdullahi made this known in a statement issued and signed by the Information Officer of the Agency, Hajiya Aisha Idris Bamai which was made available in Bauchi yesterday. According to the statement, the focus of the training program was on vocational trade and skills acquisition that could easily be converted into small businesses to create steady means of income for the beneficiaries OVCs in the state.
He said, “The starter packs would enable the beneficiaries to take off smoothly and possibly later transform into small or medium scale enterprises. The effort is also to build capacity amongst the vulnerable children by empowering them with necessary skills to make them self-reliant. During the training was done in areas such as Fashion Designing, Catering and Confectioneries, Production, Hairdressing and Barbing, Leather Shoes, as well as Liquid Soap, Detergents and Disinfectant Production, among a host of other skills.”
The statement explained that the Agency distributed food and clothing materials to the Orphans and Vulnerable Children across the state under the shelter interventions. It said the Agency upgrade the Ambassador M C Abubakar Vocational college to Technical college to provide advanced skills to the vulnerable children in the society.
Bauchi State is located in North east Nigeria.