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UNDP donates to SLOIC in Makeni

UNDP donates to SLOIC in Makeni

As part of its support to development programmes in the country, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport under the ‘YES skills development programme,’ has donated training tools and equipment to the Sierra Leone Opportunity and Industrial Centre (SLOIC) in Makeni last weekend.

The donated items and equipment included a generator, coolman, plates; power saw machines, pots and other useful tools central to the implementation of various programmes undertaken by the institution.

In his welcome address, the Paramount Chief of Bombali Shebora Chiefdom, Hon. PC Bai Shebora Kassanga II thanked the UNDP family for considering his chiefdom on such very important involvement and called on the beneficiaries to take their programmes very serious as after their various course, the country is expecting meaningful contributions towards development of not only the community but the nation as a whole.

The Deputy Minister of Education I, Dr. Algasimu Jah said SLOIC was born immediately after the war with the help of the UNDP and other donors to train youths in various vocations in a bid to making sure that they are meaningfully engaged and able to help themselves and their families.

Giving an overview of SLOIC engagements, the Minister stated that if youths are fully capacitated with various skills, the country will see development at every tier of life, adding that a country without the help of a middle man power is very difficult to develop. Dr. Jah called on other donors to continue the goodwill in the area of youth capacity building.

In a goodwill message, senior adviser at the UNDP, Kaj Wright said the tools and other equipment are from the peace building fund set aside to support youths in the country.

Mr. Kaj Wright pledged the UNDP’s continual support and collaboration with government to ensuring that development takes it shape in the country and further advised the youths to take advantages of the opportunities at the SLOIC.

The Assistant Training Manager of the SLOIC Makeni, Jonathan Conteh, thanked UNDP for the donations and noted that the gestures were timely and are very much important.

Mr. Conteh said when the SLOIC started operating after the war in Makeni, they were constrained but with the intervention of agencies like DFID, YMCA, and UNDP, their operation now has much capacity than before.

Presentation of training tools and equipment by the minister climaxed the ceremony.

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