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The Defence and Police Officers Wives Association (DEPOWA) on Friday established a skills acquisition centre for unemployment women and youths in the country.
Laying the foundation stone for the centre in Abuja, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, said it would help in the fight against crime.
Badeh urged the association to ensure that the project was completed in good time.
The CDS pledged to support DEPOWA to ensure early completion of the project.
He advised that the beneficiaries of the centre should not be limited only to the barrack community, saying the benefits should be extended to other interested Nigerians residing outside the barracks to learn a trade.
“Skills acquisition is very important and graduates should also be encouraged to learn some skills.
“We have so many unemployed graduates on the streets; it is also good for them to come to this centre to acquire some skills,’’ he said.
Earlier the National President of DEPOWA, Mrs Mary Badeh, said that the centre was conceived as part of the association’s objective of empowering youths and women living in the barracks.
“If the youths are gainfully occupied, they would not be used as agents of destabilisation.
“Our intention is to remove the youths from the streets and engage them in one skill or the other to avoid being engaged in crime.
“When they are occupied they will not have the opportunity to do things that they are not suppose to do.
“It has been said that an idle mind is the devil’s workshop; therefore, empowering the youths will reduce their involvement in crime,’’ she said.
The president assured that the skills acquisition centre would be completed in three months.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the centre is designed to engage the beneficiaries in various skills, including tailoring, hairdressing, computer training, bead making and catering.

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