Two hundred and fifty youths of Imo State are to be trained in various skills every three months in line with the State government’s effort to alleviate poverty among the youths.
Already 120 youths of Imo State are undergoing training on vocational skills that would make them self-employed and even employers of others to reduce unemployment in the state.
This was disclosed recently to journalists by the Special Assistant to Imo State Governor on Poverty Alleviation, Chief Benjamin Nnadozie Udensi when he was conducting them round the agency’s facilities in Owerri.
He took the newsmen round eight departments including, Cosmetology, Barbing and Hair-dressing, Catering, Polythene-making/cutting/sealing, Bread and Hat-making, Fashion and Designing as well as computer-training.
Chief Udensi disclosed that the trainees who performed exceptionally well would be employed by big companies in the State adding also that graduates of the programme would be assisted to access loans from the Bank of Industry as well as assistance from National Poverty Eradication Progamme Unit, Abuja.
Besides, he noted that efforts were being made to get the National Directorate for Employment (N.D.E.) to assist the trainees stand on their own as he appealed to public-spirited individuals in Imo State to provide the youths the necessary equipment to make them stand on their own after their training.
Chief Udensi stressed that the training is free explaining that local government co-ordinators have been employed in all the local governments in the State to ensure that the programme gets to the grassroot.