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UWA, NDE collaborate on skill acquisition for youths in Amawbia

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NO fewer than 50 apprenticeship trainees are benefitting from the expanded skill acquisition training programme of Umueze-Amawbia welfare Association (UWA).

The programme, coming under the auspices of the Youth Empowerment Committee of the association, led by former Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Professor Eleazer Nwana, in collaboration with the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) is intended to train youths in various self-reliant and self-sustenance trades.

The three months programme planned to empower youths on skills such as electrical installation, Satellite Dish installation,, Computer appreciation, hair dressing and catering, has participants drawn from across communities in Awka south local Government Area.

Resource persons selected for the skill acquisition training were drawn by the NDE for the selected trades across the state.
Addressing trainees of the scheme, state cordinator of NDE, Iroegbu Ekeh Joseph, said the aim of the programme was to empower the teeming population of Nigerian youths and thereby reduce poverty, noting that NDE was established in 1998 to pilot job creation schemes.

Mr Ikoegbu said the NDE had about 82 different skills open for selection by trainees, noting that graduates and non-graduates are not exempted from tapping from the NDE schemes.

The state NDE boss informed that the federal government will at the end of each NDE training scheme, pay graduands mobilsation funds to ply their chosen trades as grand design to curb unemployment in the society and urged the trainees to imbibe the scheme as to tent passport to be useful to themselves and society.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Uwa skill Acquisition Committee, Eleazor Nwanna, said the training programme was envisaged to redirect the youths to meaningful and sustainable endeavours that will make them better persons in the society.

Prof Nwanna said the skill acquisition training was a grand design of the association to disuade the youths from social vices and impact in them skills that will make them self-dependent and thereby become better members of the society.

Chairman of Umueze Welfare Association (UWA) and retired permanent secretary, Sir Azuka Okeke, thanked the NDE for accepting to impart meaningful skills into the youths, adding that this will go a long way to increasing the GDP of the country if the trainees graduate to stand on their own.

“The idea of this programme is to give life support to our youth who are deviating from acceptable social and societal norms, urging them to be steadfast to learn their chosen skills.

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