NACA Trains 180 People Vulnerable With HIV On Skills’ Acquisition

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The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has trained and empowered no fewer than  180 vulnerable indigents and people living with HIV on different skills.
This is to make them self reliant and be able to contribute their quota to the  economic  productivity of  Lagos State.
The Director-General(DG) of NACA, Dr Gambo Aliyu,  said this at the graduating ceremony of 2021economic empowerment of vulnerable indigents and people living with HIV organised by the agency  on Wednesday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NACA presented certificates and different start-up kits and equipment to all the beneficiaries who were trained for free within seven days and learnt different skills such as: tiling, hairdressing, catering,  and painting.
Aliyu said that this initiative was organised to empower the youth and those living with HIV/AIDS between the ages of 18 and 35.
He said that the empowerment would help to reduce poverty because poverty was  bringing  people closer to HIV/AIDS in the country.
“We are ensuring that youths are self reliant, self employed and creating jobs so as to reduce the risk of vulnerability  and of getting HIV.
“We are also pushing for the last mile to control HIV/AIDS in Nigeria.
“Pushing for the last miles means looking at  the  causes ofHIV/AIDS; addressing them and  making sure we end it by Year  2030,”Aliyu said.
The director general said that the efforts NACA had put in, in  the last one year to control and end HIV had yielded benefits than those of the previous years.
He said that they tested 8.2 million people and 350, 000 people tested positive to HIV/AIDS last year.
“For us to conclude the job of ending the virus, we realise the need to address the social, economic and cultural imbalances of the public.
“For now, we are empowering youths in four pilot states: Lagos, Adamawa, Enugu and Jigawa and we had  concluded the last training today .
“This year, we hope to expand the empowerment programme to other states. We have trained about 900 youths so far in the last two weeks,” Aliyu said.
Dr Monsurat Adeleke,  the Chief Executive Officer, Lagos State AIDS Control Agency,  said the agency was targeting  the elimination of HIV by Year 2030.
Adeleke said that most times, they  used to collaborate with the Lagos State Ministry of Wealth Creation to empower and target the skills’ practitioners.
“Youths constitute about 43 per cent  of the population of  Lagos State and they have the highest prevalence to get HIV.
“We collaborated with NACA to make sure that the trained youths get their start-up kits.
“The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, is passionate about youths and keeps intervening on any related issues concerning them.
“The governor has given us the approval to continue creating awareness and screen people to know their HIV/AIDS status.
“Also, we are to organise  more empowerment programmes  for the youth,” she said.

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