By Boluwaji Obahopo
LOKOJA—The Iyalode of Ejiba, Princess Falade, yesterday, empowered 42 youths selected across Yagba communities with N15 million.
Princess Falade made the donation through her NGO, Princess Falade Ademujimi Iyalode Youth & Women Empowerment Programme, PFAIYWEP, to mark the 10th anniversary celebration of her chieftaincy title as Iyalode of Ejibaland.
The princess, who doubles as Yeye-Laje of Okunland, said the gesture was to lessen the suffering of the jobless youths, women and vulnerable people living in abject poverty.
She said: “In 2008, I decided to be donating 500 bags (50kg) of rice quarterly across Yagba, during Easter, yam festival and Christmas celebrations.
“We spend about N15 million yearly to empower the poor across Yagba land in skills acquisition, and donating tools, equipment, and foodstuffs.
“Today, we are also giving Certificate of Competence to 42 less-privilege youths who had been trained for three months on bead making and empowered.”
We have trained hundreds of youths and empowered them to have their own businesses and become employers of labour. Some will also be trained on Adire attire.