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500 youths, women graduate from Nnabue's skills acquisition programme for Nkwerre/Isu/Nwangele/Njaba

Over 500 youths and women from Nkwerre/Isu/Nwangele/Njaba federal constituency of Imo State have graduated from the three days empowerment programme organized by Dr. Alex Nnabue in partnership with the federal government's Basic Skills Acquisition and Vocational Training Programme.

The graduation ceremony which took place at the Christ the King's Catholic Church hall, Okwudor in Njaba Local Government Area of the state, had traditional rulers from the four local government areas, clergymen, politicians, among other dignitaries in attendance.

The training which began on Monady April 9 ended with over 500 youths and women successfully graduating from different skills which included; catering, confectionery, bread and pastry production; soap making, hair-style and make-up body and skin therapy; beads making and wire works; new media, e-business and website/blog design; video production and photography; crop production, fishery and poultry among others.

Speaking while handing the beneficiaries their certificates with which they can access funds between N500,000 to N1million, Dr. Nnabue, who aspiring to represent the federal constituency in the House of Representatives, said he was extremely delighted to see the level of the turn out during the training processes as well as the skill level the people of the area had been able to acquire through programme

"You saw the beads. Most of those beads you can't sell them at 10 dollars. The farming class had more than three hundred farmers in it. They have acquired the skills that will help them at better bounty in next harvest.

"You saw the people that made soap, detergents, airfreshners and diinfectants. You saw the kitchen department that came out with snacks, cakes and some other delicacies. So these are skills more than 500 of our people can put to immediate use because it is said when you teach somebody how to fish, you feed them for a life time, but if you keep giving them fish, you only feed them momentarily. With these skills, hopefully, they will be able to move forward and support their families", he said.

Nnabue, who said the empowerment programme was aimed at contributing his own quota to the state government's efforts at reducing unemployment amongst youths and women, urged the beneficiaries to collaborate with one another to make quick.

"That is why we have as part of the programme website/blog design and e-business and with the beautiful necklaces and earrings they produced, with our connection, we can find them markets overseas where these things are in high demands"

He said what informed the programme was that "I ran into this programme where a friend of mine organised it. He told me the federal has been empowering rural people through this skills acquisition programme and take off grant of up to N1million per beneficiary.

"But when I got home, I asked around but nobody knew about the programme here. I had to contact my friend to facilitate the programme here. They told me they were through with Imo State. I persisted and got their approval to get about 500 persons enroled into the programme. I felt since we have four local governments in this federal constituency, we should get everyone involved and with that they will be able to access facilities between N100,000 and N1million from the Central Bank of Nigeria".

He said that it had become necessary to explore viable ways of generating viable employment for the vibrant and job-hungry youths, aside of strict office jobs.

One of the traditional rulers at the occasion, Eze Eddie Orisakwe

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