Friday, 3 February 2017

Rep empowers 60 constituents with skills


By Okechukwu Onuegbu

No fewer than 60 youths and women from Orumba north and south federal constituency in Anambra state have undergone capacity building workshop on photographic and video editing, tailoring, saloon, bakery, welding, among other fields of endeavour.

The beneficiaries of the training recently held at Aamaokpala, Orumba north local government area also went home with microcredit facilities and other empowerment geared towards enabling them to practice what they have learnt.

Declaring the event open, the sponsor and member representing the constituency at House of Representative, Sopuruchukwu Ezeonwuka, said it was targeted at engaging his unemployed constituents with skills capable of making them to be self reliant.

Ezeownuka, who explained that youth empowerment and job creation were part of his campaign promises to his constituents which he must fulfill to them through training and giving them access to micro finance Banks and that financial institutions for upkeep of their business.

He added that the beneficiaries were carefully selected from all the wards making up the constituency irrespective of religion or political party affiliation.  

On his part, the Anambra State Coordinator, National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Michael Mbata, whose agency trained the youths and women, said it was apt as United Nation’s statistics shows that only 10% of graduates secure jobs in Africa.

“There are no jobs in the society. So, it is necessary for every individual to engage in legal financial-yield activities in order to be useful to the society rather than seeking for inexistence white-collar jobs” Mbata maintained.

One of the resource persons at the programme, Noble Ihezue of Global Resource Development and Logistics Procurement, while contending that people often fail to scale through job interview for not possessing interpersonal skills, called on other public office holders and philanthropies to sponsor such training as it would help in reducing social vices such as fraud, violence and harassment, armed robbery, and cultism among the youths.


Speaking to news48hour.com, some of the beneficiaries, Joe Asukwo, Okechukwu Obiefuna and Ndidi Nwokike while thanking their house of representative member, Sopuruchukwu Ezeonwuka for the kind gesture, vowed to impact the knowledge on others.

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