A Non-Governmental Organization, NGO, Dr Nnanna Igwe Foundation in partnership with Ebonyi Business School, weekend, trained over 1,000 youths drawn from the three senatorial zones of the State.
The youths comprising both unemployed graduates and non-graduates were trained in various fields of human endeavours, including Agriculture and entrepreneurship development at different locations within each of the zones.
Briefing Newsmen in Abakaliki, on the outcome of the three-day programme, Dr Nnanna Igwe, the Initiator and Chief Executive of the Foundation stated that the essence of the programme was to redirect the minds of youths towards productive ventures, in order to make them become self-reliant.
“The reasons behind this important project are to teach the youths how to fish and not to give them fish, to make them to be critical thinkers and help them to stand on their feet and be innovative, to enable them to be creators of jobs and employers of jobs rather than waiting for the government to employ them.”
According to him, we mean business with this training because we want to tackle unemployment. By tackling unemployment, we will be occupying the mind of the youths with positive activities that will take them off the streets and not to engage them in crimes, use of drugs and other things that impact them negatively and it will contribute to our economy. They will be able to live a fulfilled and meaningful life.”
Igwe who noted that the youths that underwent the training would be financially empowered in the next phase of the programme added that “In the next phase, we will be partnering with organizations to access funds for starting Small/ Medium scale enterprises. Organizations like Bank of Industry, CBN and individuals to create soft loans. Not only that, we are going to be mentoring them because, if you give somebody cash, they may misuse it but if you mentor them, guide them, they will be able to invest the money and make progress.”
The All Progressives Congress, APC, Governorship Aspirant in Ebonyi State further explained that the programme would assist the State and the country at large to tackle unemployment challenges head-on.
In his words: “Moreover, it will also help to tackle head-on the unemployment problems not only in Ebonyi state but in the entire nation. In Ebonyi State, the Governor has been doing fantastic jobs in infrastructure and by extension, what he has been doing is impacting positively on the job market.