By Tabora Bojang
At least 93 Gambians who voluntarily returned from Libya graduated yesterday from skills enhancement trainings as part of their reintegration process for a sustainable livelihood.
The returnees were trained on various skills ranging from tailoring, carpentry, building construction, plumbing to CCTV installation.
Each received start up kits and other tools necessary to operate workshops in their chosen sectors.
The training is part of a joint IOM- NYSS partnership exercise worth about D4 million to help young Gambian returnees acquire targeted skills for employment and sustainable self-livelihoods.
Lamin Camara, deputising the Youth Minister Hadrammeh Sidibeh, said this training is a great opportunity for the returnees to improve their lives, families and contribute to the economy.
Fumiko Nagano, the chief of mission IOM in Gambia said the UN migration agency recognised the massive potential and willingness of returnees to make it in The Gambia, needing a final push to gain meaningful employment skills.
“This graduation is certainly a milestone worth commemorating, with newly acquired technical skills we are confident you will continue to build on these in building a better Gambia for all,” Fumiko said as he challenges the graduates to live up to become living proofs of “Tekki Fii.”