The European Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have presented various items to 50 repentant Bakassi Militants in Cross River State, Nigeria.
This was part of the implementation of the ECOWAS-EU Small Arms and Light Weapons Action in the State.
Speaking on behalf of the ECOWAS-EU, the Executive Director, Leadership Initiative for Transformation and Empowerment (LITE-Africa), Dr Joel Bisina said that the business start-up items were for those who participated in agricultural and livelihood training.
“We are empowering 50 beneficiaries today. Those benefiting today are people trained in Barbing, fashion and design, make-up, ICT, Graphic design, and many more, ” he said.
Bisina said that the action was aimed at preventing further proliferation of illicit trafficking and flow of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) in Nigeria and promoting peace and security.
” The SALW action is designed to sensitize border communities, strengthen the capacity of national security institutions personnel on the border and arm stockpile management.
“Also, armory security and arms destruction as well as provision of alternative livelihoods in action States, ” he said.
He advised the beneficiaries to make proper use of the items and diligently manage their business concerns for their own good.
He also cautioned them against the selling of the items to make money, saying that this would negate the whole essence of the programme.
According to him, this was the first batch of the implementation programme adding that, those who have yet to benefit but that have been captured will get theirs in subsequent batches.
List of items delivered includes the make-up box with wheel, Generator, fan chair/Table, Mirror, choba super power professional clipper, Towel warmer, clippers sterilizer, plastic chairs, hair brushes. Hair spray (200ml), Set of Allen Keys.
Others include; phone accessories HP notebook 14 laptops, 1TB HDD 4gp memory 14 inches windows 10 Fan, Furniture (chairs and tables), 1.5 kva Generator, Industrial sewing Machines, Electrick pressing Ion, 5.5m cutting table scissors, 1.5m Measuring taps, Food display Micro Wave plates, spoon display fridge, Equator standing hair dryer, Rasin and hardener, complete toils reading the meter, shoe mannequin shoe cooling table accessories, kva Lister Generator, welding helmet, welding machine, hand tools, saw cutters, glasses, and hammer drill.
Also distributed were: complete toolset drilling machine, testing Lamb and mobile ladder. Complete set of mechanical tools, trolling floor Jack, complete overall safety boot, Aluminum cutting machine, and measuring tape.