Targets 10,000 youths yearly
OVER 10,000 youths from Anambra State will be trained yearly at skill acquisition centres as an empowerment strategy to equip them with cutting edge vocations, after which beneficiaries would receive march-off grants in soft loans to start their own businesses.
Gov. Willie Obiano stated this during the launch of Skills Acquisition Programme in Awka, with the first batch of 250 youths selected from the three senatorial districts of Anambra State to undergo three-week training at Nnewi, Abba and Aguleri in Nnewi North, Njikoka and Anambra East L.G.As respectively.
Represented by Deputy Governor, Nkem Okeke, the governor explained that the youths would be trained in aluminium roofing, electrical works, tiling, catering, computer application and cosmetology, adding that the programme was part of government’s effort at ensuring that youths in the state are positively engaged.
“Integrity is key to every business, the key to success is being truthful, apologise when you make a mistake and try to make up for it. Stand firm in your belief and do what is right. Remain focused and do not joke with this training, because it will aid you to contribute positively to society. Do what you like to the best of your ability,” Okeke advised.
In a remark, Commissioner for Youth Entrepreneurship and Creative Economy, Bonaventure Enemali, also reiterated the importance of skill acquisition as panacea for youth restiveness.
“The present administration initiated the programme in order to ensure that youths in the area are empowered to contribute to national development. That is why we would consistently conduct this training every three weeks for different batches. We believe our private sector partners will contribute their quota to make the programme seamless while delivering on our target of empowering 10,000 youths annually,” he said.
Managing Director of Anambra Small Business Agency (ASBA), Clement Chukwuka also spoke at the event, pointing out that a loan facility estimated at N3billion had been made available for the programme, but stressed that trainees on completion of their training will be required to come out with comprehensive business plan before accessing the loans.
Two of the trainees, Mabel Okafor and Amaechi Ejeogu commended Gov Obiano for coming up with the programme which, they said, would boost youth entrepreneurship in the state.