ECOWAS-EU, LITE-AFRICA empower 68 youths with livelihood skills

The European Union and Economic Communities of West Africa and the Leadership Initiative for Transformation and Empowerment (LITE-Africa) have trained 68 youths with survival skills.

They also called for support for youths who renounce violence.

The groups and the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PRESCOM) made the call at the graduation ceremony for the 68 trainees in the second batch of the EU-ECOWAS Small Arms Action Project, held in Enugu.

Dr. Joseph Bisina, Executive Director, LITE-AFRICA, who spoke on behalf of the EU-ECOWAS during the programme, said EU and ECOWAS funded the Small Arms and Light Weapon (SALW) Action aimed at equipping repentant youths with their chosen and desired skills for personal and economic growth.

His words, “In a bid to promote peace, reduce armed conflicts, and small arms proliferation in the region, the Leadership Initiative for Transformation and Empowerment (LITE-Africa) and the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PRESCOM) with support from the European Union (EU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is working to strengthen efforts aimed at preventing the further proliferation and trafficking of illicit small arms and light weapons (SALW) in Nigeria,” he said.

Bisina thanked G-Consulting for the good work, stressing that “the training of livelihood beneficiaries in the various vocational and agricultural skills training was contracted to G. Consulting by LITE-Africa working with PRESCOM. G. Consulting acted as the training coordinator in all the skills training.”

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