Hon. Mpakaboari Completes Training Of Refugees & IDPs

Hon. LongJohn stated that the foundation decided to embark on the training of refugees and IDPs in order to close the gap existing between the training that the refugees had received from implementing partners.

Businessman and Founder of MLJ Foundation, Hon. Mpaka Longjohn told our reporter he has funded and completed a training workshop for 100 refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), in agribusiness and educational opportunities.

The training, organized under The Mpakaboari LongJohn (MLJ) foundation, which he founded, was initiated to empower and equip refugees to become self-reliant as well as reduce the economic hardship they are going through given the conditions they face in these IDP camps.

Speaking at the conclusion of the training workshop on Agro-business and Education Opportunities organised by the foundation, at Grand Hotel Asaba, Hon. Mpaka charged participants to use their training well. He pledged the support of the foundation anytime they needed assistance.

He further pleaded with the privileged not to neglect the vulnerable, as the training would help to ameliorate the plight of refugees, IDPs and migrants. He stated that the training in agribusiness and education opportunities became necessary, to give them the opportunity to take themselves out from their gory conditions as a result of displacement from their towns and villages.

“I watched with dismay as these refugees and IDPs contend with the harsh conditions in their camps and settlements. The families and children of these refugees are living in penury despite efforts by both government and non-governmental organizations like UNHCR and other willing partners”, he said.

“Nevertheless, it is obvious that these efforts need to be complemented,” he reiterated.

Hon. Mpakaboari said that the MLJ foundation is committed to helping the vulnerable, children and communities who are in dire need of help both in the Niger Delta and around Nigeria.

According to Him, the workshop is an indication that the foundation is poised to fulfil its vision of building vibrant and healthy rural communities where every man, woman and child can prosper. He stated that the essence of the workshop was to mitigate the negative effects on the economic well-being of refugees and the internally displaced people in Nigeria.

“I am ready to provide access to health care and educational facilities for under-privileged households, with educationally disadvantaged children” he added.

According to him, support through MLJ FOUNDATION came with community education centres, boosting economic empowerment among youths, women and the elderly in the communities by giving out micro credits to help them set up and succeed in their various small scale businesses.

Hon. LongJohn stated that the foundation decided to embark on the training of refugees and IDPs in order to close the gap existing between the training that the refugees had received from implementing partners.

He also added that the areas of strength of these people could be harnessed for the benefit of the host communities.

Hon. Mpakaboari LongJohn who is the president of MLJ Marine Oil and Gas was recently appointed as the Executive Assistant on Youth Development, Peace Building and Conflict Resolution to The Governor of Delta State, Nigeria.

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