About 44 graduates of Skills acquisition training sponsored by the state government have been empowered by the wife of the Governor of Abia State Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu and charged to utilize the equipment given to them to improve their livelihood.
Mrs. Ikpeazu gave the charge at Ummunneochi LGA were the training and empowerment was held.
The first lady said that skills have become profitable which youths and woman can use to improve their welfare as well as create employment.
She urged parents to especially mothers to advise their children properly about choosing their career and disclosed that she decentralized the training so that all the senatorial zones will benefit the training which is a collaboration with Ministry of Women Affairs with support from the Governor.
Speaking earlier the permanent secretary ministry of women affairs Dr. Nnenna Chikezie said that the programme was put together by the state government to put smiles on the faces on the faces of downtrodden across the state and advised the beneficiaries not to sell the equipment given to them.
In their speeches the chairman of the occasion Dr. Johnson Uzoatuegwu and the Chairman of Ummunneochi local government council Mr. Okey Igwe thanked the wife of the Governor Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu and her husband for their kind gesture to him and promised to replicate the good work in their area.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries Mrs. Ozioma Okorie expressed gratitude to the state government for empowering them to be self-reliant and pledged to use the equipment and skill to improve themselves.
The items used for the empowerment include 12 laptops, 10 sewing machines 12 hairdressing equipment, and others for making beancake.
The ceremony featured the foundation laying ceremony of a borehole at the council headquarters by the wife of the Governor.
Government House, Umuahia.