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Poverty Alleviation Training to Curb Insecurity in Nigeria (PATCIN PROJECT)

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12 Feb
Poverty Alleviation Training to Curb Insecurity in Nigeria (PATCIN PROJECT)

On November 3rd, 2021, the Ochima Foundation, in collaboration with the Barrister Sam Otoboeze Foundation (BSOF), held the first edition of the Poverty Alleviation Training to Curb Insecurity in Nigeria (PATCIN PROJECT) at the 1st Forty hotel, Wuse 2, Abuja.

The PATCIN PROJECT’s goal is to provide young entrepreneurs with a seed grant of N200,000 – N500,000 to start or expand existing Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in order to contribute to the eradication of poverty and the reduction of insecurity in Nigeria.

The event drew a large number of prospective beneficiaries, industry leaders, key note speakers, facilitators (from the Ministry of Women Affairs, the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), ABOKUS Integrated Security Ltd, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), and Treasure Mind Academy), and government officials who gave lectures and word charges to encourage the program participants.

The Chairman of the occasion, Charles Achodo (Int’l consultant on security, peace & development), praised the project’s initiative and challenged the participants to go above and beyond to be better versions of themselves.

During the event, the President of the Barrister Sam Otoboeze Foundation, BSOF, gave a rousing welcome address.

He stated that Nigeria cannot win the war against insecurity by using brute force, but rather by implementing poverty alleviation programs that will help reduce insecurity in the country.

He stated that if youths are not properly trained and do not have a conducive business environment, many will take up arms in retaliation to the government for not having gainfully employed jobs.

He said: “There is overdependence on State actors to handle security issues. But as we can see on daily basis there is that multiplication of various security challenges, so it is right to say that security problems are increasing geometrically.

“This is rooted basically on hunger, unemployment, scarce means of sustenance of life, and in that kind of situation you can talk to somebody who is not hungry and he will listen to you but when hunger comes, he will not listen until that is settled, he may not hear.

“We are convinced that most of the people languishing in the cells of prison yards were not born to be criminals, so what do we do?

Looking at the population growth and the dwindling resources to sustain the population and looking at the increase in crime, it is high time that something else is done.”

In a similar vein, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Strategic Communications, Ogechukwu Modie, urged the federal government to assist youths in engaging in entrepreneurial activities.

She said, “I think it is important that we support our youths, 70 percent of the population are youths. This initiative will teach them on engaging in self-employment so that they can actually start to employ other people and be employers of labour.

“My message to the youths is that youths are no longer the future, they are actually today and they are tomorrow. What I would say is they should seize every opportunity to learn, build and win anything they have put their hands to do.

“This initiative will teach them on engaging self-employment, so that they can actually start to employ other people and be employers of labour.”

In addition to all that was stated, Erica Okibe, the Organizational Manager for BSOF, stated “We hope to achieve a lot, first and foremost, when you look at the security situation in Nigeria, it is a major issue and it is everybody’s problem. We realize that insecurity has taken a toll on the government, on our living and existence.

“This training is organized to help solve certain security abnormalities. We are training the youths and empowering them with skills that will help curb insecurity in Nigeria.”

Prospective beneficiaries of the PATCIN PROJECT were evaluated (a selection criterion for receiving the seed grant) based on lectures they received on the day on topics ranging from Drug Abuse and Its Implications, The Role of Women In Reducing Insecurity In Nigeria, Social Vices And Insecurity In Nigeria, The Role of Skill Acquisition In Reducing Insecurity In Nigeria, And Business Mindset.

Seed grants will be distributed to successful participants at the Barrister Sam Otoboeze Foundation’s (BSOF) end-of-year event on December 23, 2021.
See you there. *Smile*

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Barr. Samuel C. Otoboeze, CPP
Bsof president
PhD(UNN) - (member, board of trustee)
Barr. G. O. Okafor, OON, SAN, KSJ
(member, board of trustee)
HRH Igwe Christain Eze (Ezeoha I of Idoha)
(member, board of trustee)
Rev. Fr. (Dr). Eva Chuma Nnamene
(member, board of trustee)
Prof. Ngozi Ejionueme
(member, board of trustee)