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Over 500 youths acquire NEPAD training in Anambra

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MRS Gloria Akobundu, National Coordinator and Chief Executive Officer of New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), has called on youths to make good use of   skill they acquired from the training organised by the agency.

Akobundu  made the call on Monday in Awka  after concluding a week skill acquisition training organised  for persons with interest in acquiring various skills for self-employment in Anambra  .

She urged the over 500 participants in the skill acquisition training not to throw away all that they were thought but use the skills learnt so as to be economically independent.

“NEPAD has good intentions for the people of the country and will not relent in the fight to achieve the goals of the body “ she said

Akobundu, represented by Mr Emmanuel Abang, Director Programmes Development and Implementation and as well NEPAD Nigeria under the Presidency, encouraged the participants to put to maximum use the teachings of the trainers.

He said NEPAD was an economic development programme of African Union which was adopted at the 37th session of the Assembly of the Heads of States and Governments on July 2001 in Lusaka Zambia.

He said NEPAD was basically economic empowerment created under the office of Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) for reduction of poverty in the country through training and empowerment of youths and women with interest in skill acquisitions.

Also said that the body does  a follow up with data of all the participants across the country  in its data bank  to ensure success of the programme.

He said that apart from the starter packs given to participants at the end of their training NEPAD encouraged the people to go into cooperatives in order to have easy access to loan from bank of industry and related banks

He listed four primary objectives of NEPAD to include;  eradicate poverty, promote sustainable growth and development, integrate Africa in the World economy and accelerate empowerment of the women and youths.

Miss ChidimmaAkpata, Chief Officer of Adimma Concept and a resource person said the objectives of NEPAD was laudable and enjoined other persons yet to part take in the training once they hear of the program anywhere they reside .

Akpata said that the era of certificate branding had gone since the white collar jobs were hard to come by, adding that anyone with  any form of skill training would always have money to solve its economic and social problems .

Akpata said she was impressed by  the number of participants who had shown reasonable interest to learn the hats, laminator, fascinator, hair piece and bridal hand fan and  urged them to make good use of all they have learnt from the programme .

Miss Perpetual Akutuekwe a Resource Person on confectioneries, said that she was happy to see large number of persons interested in learning how to make buns, chin-chin, custard, plantain dories and cake among others..

Mrs Chidimma James one of the facilitators said that she was a trainee in March 2018 at Owerri, saying she could happily give testimony of the training in her family and advice  participants not to look down on the training because it was being offered freely and well  concentrate  in getting down to business .

Mr Favour Nnaemeka, a 17 year old man, said he was asked by his grandma to come and learn the skill of hat and bead making so as to keep himself more busy since he had finished his secondary education.

Mrs Ngoz Omeife,  a widow said that she has learnt a lot about hat and bead making and promised to raise more capital to go into the business in full as the process was not a difficult process.

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