Nigeria’s 70% rural population will significantly improve the country’s economy and accelerate Gross Domestic Product (GDP) if the government and well-meaning Nigerians prioritize the need for improved skills and infrastructure in rural communities .
This is according to a non-profit organization, True Foundation, which aims to increase the ability of people in rural areas to contribute to national development.
The Organization insisted that the growing challenge of poverty and unemployment in Nigeria could be solved if the nation prioritized skills development and empowered people in rural communities.
The group’s founder, Brenda Ataga, during a speech at a program in Abuja, where the organization trained and empowered internally displaced people (IDPs), said a collaborative effort government and privileged people in societies could change the discourse on poverty and unemployment. .
She also noted that with a high number of out-of-school children in the country, a focus on educating the rural population remained key to improving productivity.
Ataga said, “We are not producing enough people who think about society and who are productive. The easiest way to increase productivity is to bring people to the level of their reasoning and that’s why we teach them skills.
“Teaching them vocational skills will be the fastest way to provide semi-formal education to people who didn’t have the opportunity to go to primary school. That’s what we’re doing here, just bridging that gap and ensuring that people, especially those who have been displaced by insurgencies in their communities, have the opportunity to go to school and support themselves. of their family and community.
Ataga noted that learning a skill remains impactful for small businesses and can go a long way towards improving business sustainability.
She noted that the nonprofit organization has trained more than 2,000 people and impacted more than 5,000 people since 2013, adding that IDP vocations training was a key part of the organization’s plan.
Ataga said there was a need for more Nigerians to take up the challenge of helping the less privileged in society to become independent.