No fewer than 200 youths would be trained by the Anambra state government in various skills as part of this year’s “One Youth, One Skill’’ empowerment programme.
The skills include Cosmetology, Barbing, Shoe Making/Leather works, Confectioneries and Solar/CCTV Installation.
Flagging-off the 4th batch of the programme in Awka, Anambra Commissioner for Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy, Prof Theresa Obiekezie, said the trainees would be examined and certified at the end of training.
“One Youth One Skill, Training is a yearly empowerment programme of the state government for the youths of the state.
“The Programme aims at efficiently engaging and furnishing the youths with skills and intellects that will improve their quality of living,’’ Prof Obiekezie said.
The commissioner explained that 50 best candidates in this year’s programme would be equipped with starter packs to run their own businesses.
She urged youths to learn trades or skills to be free from prevailing unemployment and become entrepreneurs which in turn would make them employers of labour.
In a remark, the Guest Speaker, Dr Ike Ume, highlighted the need for budding entrepreneurs to inject innovations that could enable them to compete favourably in modern day businesses.
Dr Ume, a Chief Executive Officer, Pacent Technologies Ltd., identified honesty, savings and investment culture, strategic planning, packaging as some of the prerequisites to excel in business and efficient service delivery.
The Deputy Director, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Dr Azubuike Aniedi, in his goodwill message, said that the knowledge and skills could drive youths out of restiveness.
He pointed out that in a depressed economy as being experienced currently in the country; knowledge and skill hold the key to economic sustainability even as the nation churned out no fewer than 66,000 graduates yearly.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs Louisa Ezeanya, enjoined the trainees to use the opportunity offered by the state government to lift themselves out of poverty and joblessness.
She encouraged them to take the training seriously as a stepping stone to greater future exploits, stressing that God created every human with potential that could be utilised to achieve set goals.
Some of the trainees including Miss Judith Okpala, Victor Ume, Ukamaka Uzoezie and Hyginus Anyaso commended the government for considering them proper to benefit from the programme.