Foundation moves to preserve culture of Abuja natives

Helpline Foundation for the Needy

THE Helpline Foundation for the Needy, Abuja, on Monday in Abuja reiterated commitment towards strengthening and preserving the culture of Abuja indigenous people in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

President of the Foundation, Dr Jumai Ahmadu, who gave the assurance during the presentation of batch B economic empowerment on traditional skill training, said the organisation, in conjunction with some bodies, had selected some natives in each of the Area Council for training in traditional attire and others.

She explained that the exercise is aimed at seeing that the language and culture of the natives do not go into extinction in the nearest future.

Represented by the project manager, Mr Onoja Arome, Dr, Ahmadu said the initiative would also assist the original inhabitants of the FCT to strengthen their economy, creates jobs and reduce inequalities.

She stated that the presentation and flag off of the second batch of the programme which focused on traditional attire making of original inhabitants was first held in 2022.

The second batch, she said, would bring about sensitization of the people on economic path ways to enhance cultural practices and annex benefits of cultural preservation.

“Helpline Foundation, with support from Macarthur Foundation, through the centre for Human Rights and Civil Education, flags off local economic development projects for original inhabitants of FCT to strengthen the economy of the people, creates jobs and reduce inequalities.

“At the end of this project, our sustainability plans would be to monitor progress and commitments by the agency responsible and to make ourselves available to their call anytime for mentorship”

In his presentation, tagged ‘Local Economic Development’, the project manager, Onoja Arome, said the Foundation would train about 100 vulnerable people in the batch B, of its Traditional Skill Transfer.

He said the training of the beneficiaries will commence in February and end in April, 2023. (NAN)