Group empowers over 150 youths in Anambra 

By Chukwuka Ugokwe, Awka

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Youth Ambassadors Initiative trains 150 in Anambra State.

A group known as ‘Youth Ambassadors Initiative’ has empowered no fewer than 150 unemployed graduates in Anambra State. They were trained in different skills.

The Convener of the skill acquisition programme, Mr Lotanna Ikebunwa said that the group considered it necessary to assist Government in equipping the youths with skills that would help them to be self-employed.

Experts chosen
Mr Ikebunwa said he chose experts and resource persons in the areas of digital skill, e-commerce, web development, leadership series and entrepreneurs, best suited to impart the right knowledge to the participants.

”We are committed to supporting youths to achieve their dreams of earning decent living through skill acquisition. We all know that white collar jobs are gradually fizzling out and the solution for unemployment is skill acquisition. If somebody is empowered with the requisite skill, he can be a boss of his own and even be an employer of labour. That is why we are out to ensure that they are trained, to train others in that way, youth restiveness will be a thing of the past,” he explained.

One of the resource persons, Mr Godson Udemezue drew the attention of the youths to the need for them to have good mind set on what they wanted out of life and how they could achieve the objective.

Positive approach
He enjoined them to always maintain positive approach to skills they wish to acquire.

Mr Udemezue told the youths that if they were focused, they would achieve success, depending on the effort they individually put in toward achieving success.

According to Udemezue, to be self-employed mentoring, which he described as the shortest way to success would be of immense value to them.

Financial freedom
He urged them to exploit opportunities offered by Information and Communication Technology (ICT), to establish and have financial freedom.

”Such opportunities include blogging and other ICT-related money making ventures,” Mr Udemezue said.

He added that they could also venture into real estate business to have visible means of livelihood.

Job creation
One of the resource persons, Mr Chigozie Okafor harped on the role of entrepreneurship in job creation and economic empowerment.

He counselled the participants to work with passion in whichever area of business they had chosen and always set targets with application of financial prudence.

Another resource person, Mr Emeifeogwu Jibunoh urged the youths to imbibe the spirit of self-discovery, anchored on discipline to be successful in life.

He advised them to always dress well, to leave good impressions on whoever that would engage their services.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere