By Anayo Okoli
UMUAHIA—FIFTY youths from Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia State have begun training in various skills under the umbrella of Vicar Hope Foundation Springs Board Skills Acquisition Programme, the pet project of the wife of the state governor, Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu.
According to Mrs Ikpeazu, the programme which was organised in conjunction with the Abia State Oil Producing Commission, ASOPADEC, with technical assistance from the National Directorate of Employment, NDE, was part of her efforts to encourage youths to be usefully engaged in a bid to reduce the level of crime drastically.
Inaugurating the programme at Obehie, in Ukwa West during the launch of the Foundation Programme, Mrs. Ikpeazu urged the beneficiaries to be serious as well as commit themselves by learning the various skills that would earn them a means of livelihood.
She further explained that the aim of the programme was to make them entrepreneurs and wealth creators.
Mrs. Ikpeazu then asked both the organized and public sectors to partner her NGO to better the lot of the people as well as to help the state move to the next level.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the occasion and Commissioner for Youth Development, Mr. Haglar Okorie, noted that, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu had been proactive in tackling unemployment in the state just as he described the skills acquisition programme as a welcome development.
For the Transition Committee Chairman of Ukwa West Council, Chief Ikpechukwu Onuoha, Mrs. Ikpeazu’s pet project was commendable even as he expressed the hope that it would help to engage youths on meaningful skills and reduce social vices among them. In her remarks, the Abia State Coordinator National Directorate of Employment Mrs. Buchi Ojei expressed the hope that the programme would positively change the lives of the participants adding that the grandaunts would be provided with modern equipment and start-off cash to enable them be self-reliant and gainfully employed.