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Anambra targets 10,000 school dropouts for skills acquisition

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AS PART of its determination to wipe youth unemployment in Anambra State, the Gov. Willie Obiano-led administration has launched a new skill acquisition programme in which over 10,000 young people will be trained in technical vocations of their choice under auspices of Udokanma Handwork initiative.

They will be trained in furniture and upholstery making, carpentry, vulcanising, bicycle repairing, dress making and tailoring, art and craft, motor mechanics, among others.

Beneficiaries, who are slated to be drawn mainly from school dropouts, repentant cultists, street boys, hawkers and other vulnerable members of the public, will be trained at skill acquisition centres in Awka, Nteje, Nnewi, Ukpor, Ogidi, Ojoto in Awka-South, Oyi, Nnewi North, Nnewi South, Idemili North and Idemmili South Local Government Areas respectively.

The programme will draw resource persons from volunteer artisans who had earlier benefitted from the government’s “Trained-to-train-others” and “One-youth-one-skill” programmes – in a bid not only to demonstrate what they have learnt, but also to bring more less-privileged young ones into the schemes.

Speaking while inaugurating the volunteers, Commissioner for Social Welfare, Children and Woman Affairs, Ndidi Mezue charged them to live up to Gov. Obiano’s expectation by going after the training with total commitment, adding that Udokamma Handwork initiative was evolved to meaningfully engage more young people and stem the tide of cultism, armed robbery and other forms of criminality.

Mezue, who was represented by Mrs. Angela Okoye, also stated that government has finalised arrangement to empower some of the trainees and draft others to the 21 LGAs and various vocational centres in the state.

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