Over 5,000 Civilian JTF In Yobe, Adamawa Receives Leadership, Skills Training

We need values rejuvenation; we need to hold every Nigerian together; we have to go back to the basis
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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 5,000 civilian members of the volunteer security groups(JTF) have undergone instruction in expertise and leadership principles.

The training was conducted by the Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre in Jos, according to Mr Jonah Bawa, Managing Director. Participants included vigilante and other volunteer security groups from Yobe and Adamawa states.

Bawa revealed this during a visit to Mr Buki Ponle, the Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Abuja. He clarified that the training is a joint arrangement with UNDP to improve skills among JTF members in the field of security and leadership.


He explained that the Federal Government founded the center in 1951 to provide useful national resources through training programs.

“We have also trained another set of drug addict groups under the UNDP.”

“The centre provides training on character development and value orientation, adventure and challenge as well as compassion and service.

“It also provides training on social and environmental responsibility, patriotism and nationalism and international consciousness, among others.”

Bawa, who sought the News Agency of Nigeria's cooperation and help in publicizing the center's activities, bemoaned the fact that Nigerians had betrayed good national values that had brought them together despite their social differences.

“We need values rejuvenation; we need to hold every Nigerian together; we have to go back to the basis.”

Mr Buki Ponle, the Managing Director of NAN, responded by describing the visit as timely and important.

“We need training to offer good leadership to our society; we shall help to let people know the activities of the centre,’’ Ponle said.