Presidency begins implementation of At-Risk-Children Programme in Borno State


The implementation Of At-Risk-Children Programme In Borno State has commenced, the Special Adviser to the President on Social Investments, Maryam Uwais, has announced.

Uwais said concerns about the growing number of out-of-school-children in Nigeria compelled the Federal Government to conceptualise and establish the At-Risk-Children Programme (ARC-P), an interventionist scheme designed to address the plight of vulnerable children and youth across all States of the Federation, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Speaking on Tuesday during the official flag-off of a three-week training programme for over 900 ARC-P youth facilitators in Maiduguri, Borno State, Uwais who is also the National Lead of the Programme, domiciled in the Office of the Vice President, said the initiative was geared towards addressing the cross-cutting concerns of children and vulnerable youth in Nigeria, using a multi-dimensional approach covering education, health, digital and vocational skills, enterpreneurship, agriculture as well as sports and life skills.

Uwais, who was represented by the Deputy Director, Budget and Planning, Grace Akpabio, said the core objective of the three-week training programme for the Youth facilitators in Borno, was to prepare them for the task of providing mentorship and guidance for the primary beneficiaries of the programme.

“This 3-week training in Borno is an opportunity to familiarise with the youths with ARC-p, provide basic tools on mentoring and guidance, recognise the different skills of the trainees and areas of comparative advantage, standard training syllables as well serve as feedback mechanism,” she said.

Uwais further said the youth facilitators have a huge role to play in achieving the objectives of the Programme, which is being implemented in an holistic manner involving State Governments, Federal MDAs, development partners and the private sector.
Speaking at the event, Borno State governor, Babagana Zulum, commended the Federal Government for introducing the ARC-P initiative, saying the programme and other social investment schemes currently going on at the national level were in line with his administration’s 25-year Development Plan.

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