November 14, (THEWILL) – About 50 Ex Militants and agitators have received Business Start -up packs to commence small scale businesses in Cross River State.
This is courtesy ECOWAS Small Arms Project and is part of the implementation of the ECOWAS-EU Small Arms and Light Weapons Action.
The project empowers ex-Militants and agitators who gave up arms with alternative means of livelihood.
Speaking during the presentation, the Executive Director, LITE-Africa said the empowerment is aimed at preventing further proliferation of illicit trafficking and flow of Small Arms and Light Weapons in Nigeria SALW.
The executive director whose address was read by Tolu Oyero also said SALW is “designed to sensitize border communities, strengthen the capacity of national security institutions personnel on border and arm stockpile management, armory security and arms destruction.
“It also aims to provide alternative livelihoods in the Action States of Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states”, he said.
Also speaking, the Cross River State governor Professor Ben Ayade charged the 50 beneficiaries to see this as an opportunity to start a livelihood.
The governor who was represented by his deputy Professor Ivara Esu said they are no longer Militants but ready to start another life.
He warned them not to sell the business start up packs and also appealed to EU/ECOWAS not to let people wait for too long to get their start up packs after training.
The beneficiaries were trained in barbing, fashion/design, make up, ICT, graphic design and others.
The state police commissioner Aminu Alhassan, permanent Secretary Special Services (Governor’s Office) Alfred Mboto as well as the Special Adviser to the governor on Amnesty Austin Ibok witnessed the presentation.