Maiduguri - The Borno Government on Thursday launched a training programme for 800 youth vigilance group members, known as ‘Civilian JTF’, under the government’s Neighbourhood Watch Programme.
Governor Kashim Shettima launched the programme at the NYSC Orientation Camp in Maiduguri.
Shettima said that the training was part of his administration's plan to provide reorientation for the youths by transforming them for better productivity.
He said that the trainees were selected from all parts of the state to ensure even spread.
He said that at the end of the exercise the trainees would be posted to serve as members of the neighbourhood watch in their respective communities for effective community policing.
“We regard the evolution of the youth vigilante group as the miracle of our time because the government and the entire people of the state will always remember the role they played in the restoration of peace.”
“But we believe that these youths deserve to be re-packaged by transforming them through a reorientation programme,” he said.
Kashim said: “The trainees will be employed by the government and posted to their communities to work as neighbourhood watch officers at the end of the programme.”
“By this gesture, government is trying to fight unemployment and poverty among our youths as well as ensure security of lives and property.”
He advised the trainees to take the programme seriously to achieve the desired result.