ANAMBRA State Commissioner for Youth Development, Patrick Mba, has described skill acquisition as a veritable means to conquer poverty and unemployment especially in the emerging trend of global economic meltdown.
He reasoned that present realities had proved that skill acquisition rule the world and served as the currency for economic survival.
Speaking during a Screening Exercise for Master Trainers drawn from various local government areas in his office, he said time had come for youths to learn skills to equip them for future challenges as white collar jobs were none existence.
He explained that the present administration placed high premium on skill acquisition as part of its measures to fight insecurity, youth restiveness and all forms of negative indulgences.
While urging youths to re direct their mindset to positive ventures, he disclosed that over 22,000 youths applied for enrollment for 20 skills advertised by the Ministry, just as over 400 master trainers indicated interest.
He, then, explained that curriculum for the training would be developed and standardised in line with international best practices to produced resourceful entrepreneurs to drive the state into competing business hubs.
According to him, the present administration is committed to raise 1000 youth millionaires and to create 130000 jobs annually through its various youth empowerment intervention programs.
Some of the Master Trainers including Chinenye Uzuegbunam, Maureen Okoli, Toochukwu Okafor and Williams Nwaeze pledged to key into the vision of the state government and to impact qualitative coaching to the prospective trainees.