Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s has empowered a total of 793 residents with N150,000 each after a six-week free skills acquisition programme.
The seed money is to help the trainees start up a business.
The training which was coordinated by the office of the Commissioner for Special Duties and Focal Person, State Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Hon. Mabel Agbo ended with a ceremony where the money was handed over to the trainees on Saturday.
The training was targeted at empowering youths and women in various skills such as solar energy installations, soap making, tailoring, cosmetology, bakery, video editing, among others.
Presenting dummy cheques to some of the beneficiaries symbolically, Hon. Agbo disclosed that the trainees will receive their money through banks, adding that the training was held simultaneously in the three senatorial districts of the state.
The commissioner, who stated that the skill acquisition programmes of the SDGs are fundamentally a joint partnership venture between the federal government and Enugu State government, explained that Governor Ugwuanyi’s administration solely sponsored the training of the 793 residents of the state following the inability of the federal government to pay its counterpart funds.
Agbo disclosed that Governor Ugwuanyi’s administration at the end of 2017 paid the state’s counterpart fund, waiting for the federal government to make its own payment to no avail till date.
"What we used to organise this training is the counterpart funds from the state alone.
"So the man, Governor Ugwuanyi is to be appreciated. He always has the feelings of the masses at heart.”
The commissioner maintained that the training was rewarding, result-oriented and knowledge-driven, expressing optimism that it will go a long way to improve the fortunes of the beneficiaries economically and otherwise.
She therefore implored the elated beneficiaries to utilise the inherent gains to actualise their goals as well as the set objective of the state government towards empowering the youths and women of the state.
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