The Second Edition of the Handbook of Skill Acquisition Training and Empowerment Programmes was published barely a year after the publication of the 826-page First Edition on 13th April, 2017. The Second Edition was mooted due to the clamour and general interest shown by well-meaning stakeholders as to the plight of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Refugees that have come to be associated with the insurgency in the North East geopolitical zone of Nigeria. This necessitated the inclusion of a whole Chapter (that is Chapter 11), titled “Skill Acquisition Training and Empowerment, Resettlement of IDPs, Refugees, Indigenes and Residents of Insurgency Devastated Territories and Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of their Communities.”

Another key feature of the Second Edition is the inclusion of a Reader’s Guide; Key Points to Note and; Revision Questions at the end of each chapter. It also covered the Spiritual Dimensions of Skill Acquisition. 

Handbook of Skill Acquisition Training and Empowerment Programmes (2nd Ed.) chronicles the author’s well over 26 years’ involvement in the training and management of Non-Militant, Restive and Ex-Militant Youths and Persons.

FROM RIGHT: The author, Dr. Irikefe Benjamin Irikefe; Representative of the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment; Representative of the Deputy Speaker, Nigerian House of Representatives; Representative of the Inspector General of Police; Prof. Joseph Golwa, Former Director-General, Federal Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, Abuja
Dignitaries present at the unveiling of the book

Although the Second Edition of the book was unveiled at the highbrow Transcorp Hilton, Abuja on the 17th of July, 2019, the book was actually published on the 5th June, 2018. The formal unveiling was delayed due to the tight schedule of the author in several training and capacity building engagements.

The agenda setting and revolutionary nature of the book has made both pundits and specialists alike, akin the author to the “Adam Smith of Nigeria.” It can be recalled that in 1776, a Scottish Economist and Moral Philosopher, Adam Smith published his book titled “An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations” generally referred to by its shortened title “The Wealth of Nations.” His work is the foundation of free market economy till date.

On the whole, the Handbook of Skill Acquisition Training and Empowerment Programmes (2nd) has been adjudged by academics and subject matter specialists as a mentoring manual that can be used to foster peace, security and sustainable development in all climes.

The International Centre for Sustainable Development, Nigeria, published the world class book entitled “Handbook of Skill Acquisition Training and Empowerment Programmes.”

  • The book chronicled the author well over 26 years’ involvement in training and management of Non-Militant, Restive and Ex-Militant Youths and Persons.
  • In the second edition (unveiled in July, 2019), themes associated with the Reintegration of Civilian JTF Members, De-Radicalized Nigerian Repentant Ex-Boko-Haram Operatives, IDPs and Nigerian Refugees to enable them lead self-reliant, and productive livelihoods were equally introduced.
  • The second edition equally brought to bear a “Sambisa Joint Development Territory (SJDT)” framework to make the Sambisa Forest a security fort and an economic powerhouse for Nigeria.

Planary of the Unveiling of the Second Edition (2nd Edition) of the Handbook of Skill Acquisition Training and Empowerment Programmes at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja on 17th July, 2019