Lifeline Nehemiah Projects Enrolls Three Hundred Trainees
By Abdul Hassan Fackie,
Freetown, Sierra Leone.
The Lifeline Nehemiah Projects in Kuntorloh, Wellington, east of Freetown, on Friday 5th February, 2021 concluded a two day orientation ceremony for over three hundred new students who have been admitted to pursue a one year training course in various professions including Hospitality, Electrical Installation, Information Technology, Motor Mechanics and Plumbing.
Addressing the students, the Director of Administration of Lifeline Nehemiah Projects, Mr. Philemon S. Kamara (pictured), stated that the courses are not for dropouts as many people enormously perceive them to be but rather, they are meant to train young people to become professionals and become employable to enable them earn decent standards of living.
He revealed that those who have been accepted to pursue the courses should count themselves lucky as over one thousand two hundred people applied for enrollment.
In his remarks, the Head of Training, Mr. Jabba Pessima, called on the students to endeavor to attend classes everyday as the courses are very intensive comprising theory and practical.
He noted that the courses are designed to train them physically, mentally, socially, morally. psychological and emotionally as well as do Basic English, Mathematics, Entrepreneurship, Customer Care Service and Mentorship.
He stressed that they should try to adhere to the strict code of conduct of the institution so that they will not lose their places to other people who are on the awaiting list.
He disclosed that since the training programme started in 2012, over one thousand eight hundred young men and women have successfully gone through the programme and graduated, most of whom are now either gainfully employed or running their own businesses.
In his statement, the Lead Mentor, Pastor Albert Bob Dimoh, stated that the courses are designed to give the students life skills to enable them positively manage their lives.
“We develop your characters so that you can relate well with people from different backgrounds,” he stressed.
He told them that the core values of Lifeline are to serve the community, undertake team work, practice excellence, be accountable and transparent, never turn a blind eye and always maintain integrity.
In his keynotes address, the Executive Director of Lifeline Nehemiah Projects, Mr. Prince Tommy Williams, disclosed that the training course is being supported by the World Bank through the Government of Sierra Leone.
He recalled that Lifeline established the Betteh Tumara Technical and Vocational Training Institute in 2012 to give vocational and technical training to young men and women who were roaming the streets searching for opportunities to better their lives.
He said he was very happy to note that the Betteh Tumara has become a great success.
He lamented that they do not have the requisite resources to enroll and train the thousands of young people who apply to become students of the institution every year.
He thanked the World Bank for their support and paid tribute to the Ministry of Technical and Higher Education for their support and guidance over the years.
He appealed for more support and partnerships from Government, non-Government organizations and international non-Government organizations to enable them achieve their objectives
A conducted tour of the different departments of the institution climaxed the occasion.