No fewer than 86 girls who recently concluded basic self-starter acquisition programmes have been presented with start-up kits and stipends by the wife of the Governor of Anambra State, Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano, to venture into their chosen enterprises.
The event, which took place at the Professor Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre at the weekend, brings the total number of beneficiaries under the State’s skills acquisition programmes, a brainchild of the Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ), to 4, 446 persons.
The graduands, trained in the skill acquisition in Awka, went through intensive skills training in different small and medium scale areas including Food and Nutrition, Tailoring, Computer Education, Arts and Crafts and Hair Dressing and Cosmetology.
On display were products by the graduands, evidence of how far they had come in the over eight months of practical learning in the institute.
Addressing the people, Mrs. Obiano restated the relevance of practical knowledge and said that the emergence of CAFÉ, her social intervention scheme, has expedited the model of entrepreneurial independence amongst the youths of the State.
She restated that the skill acquisition and empowerment ventures could also be accessed MI# by those who are not from the state but have shown a deep passion for self-development and growth.
Earlier while welcoming the governor’s Wife at the event, the Commissioner for Social Welfare, Children and Women Affairs, Lady Ndidi Mezue, said the event was historic in the quest of the State government to build a legacy in the number of persons that have been lifted out of poverty, and cited Mrs. Obiano’s compassion for the indigent as immediate solution to humanity’s tribulations.
On his part, the Commissioner for Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy, Mr. Bonaventure Enemali, said the economic value of the skill acquisition programme remains huge to Anambra State and called for a sustained drive to its reach.
The Principal of the Skill Acquisition Center, Lady Amaoyibo Ogunwa, urged the graduands to reciprocate the dividends with commitment and diligent use of the resources.
Some of the graduands including Chinenye Joseph, who got a brand new sewing machine and cash for her tailoring business, Ngozi Uyanwune, who was presented with a gas -oven cooker for her food and nutrition enterprise, and Maryann Ozoemena, who received a dryer for her hairdressing business, said the governor’s wife has given them a launch pad for success, and pledged to make good use of the kits and money.