In a bid to ensure the success of skills acquisition pragramme in Rivers State, the wife of the deputy Governor, Her Excellency Mrs. Mina Tele Ikuru has tasked graduands of skills acquisition programmes to make judicious use of the knowledge acquired to better their lives and the society at large.
Her Excellency gave the directive at the graduation ceremony of the second batch of students of Global Initiative for Youth Advancement (GIYA) held at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Open Heavens Parish, Port Harcourt, last Saturday. Commending the organisers of the programme, she noted that it is not easy to venture into such life-saving and transforming task without sponsorship from Government.
Mrs Ikuru who was represented by Mrs. Lillian Bassey, donated a desktop computer, printer and scanning machine to the overall best graduand Mr. Koffi E. Edoho of the desktop publishing department, the second overall best graduand, Miss. Mary Umaru of the beads making department got sets of beads making equipment and materials, while the third overall best graduand and oldest person in the programme, Mrs. Carol Geo- White (JP) of the hat –making department received hat-making equipment and accessories.
The deputy governor’s wife congratulated them for their enviable performance and urged them to use the facilities donated to them judiciously in order to actualise their dreams and achieve financial freedom.
Earlier in the opening remark, the chairman of the occasion, Barr. Chijioke Amadi expresses gratitude to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GIYA, Comrade Mishael Ibeawuchi and his board of directors for empowering the less privileged through skill acquisition without Government support.
He posited that the developed countries and even some third world countries do not face high rate of unemployment because they value skills acquisition and technical training programmes. He said in such countries, the richest classes are not the most educated, but the skilled personnel. He therefore, urged Nigerians to emulate such countries in order to move forward in her quest for technological advancement
The chairman who sowed a seed of N.5milloin said it will go forth to sustain the graduands in their future endeavors he also donated a cheque of N50,000 to the overall best graduand, Mr. Koffi E. Edoho.
Comrade Michael Ibeawuchi, the Chief Executive of GIYA disclosed that the pragramme is designed specifically for the less privileged in society as part of efforts and contributions towards reduction of unemployment and poverty that have ravaged the country by equipping them with basic skills that will transform their lives and make them contributory members of the society.
The Chief Executive called on all good citizens of Nigeria to join this band- wagon as they strive towards repositioning the nation’s economy through skills and self reliance. He stressed that despite the huge challenges of lack of allowance for instructors, practical equipment and other necessary tools that have continually posed as a threat to the continuation of the programme, it has recorded a great success as it has so far trained and graduated over 600 participants in the state.
He contended that it is so heart-rendering to note that inspite of the fact that millions of our youths graduate from our universities annually, only less than 20% is gainfully employed while the residue loiters the streets aimlessly. This he said is because our schools only succeed in teaching them how to read, write and speak good English, but do not teach them how to be self reliant. He stressed that this is one of the major factors that lead to the increasing rate of violence, kidnapping, prostitution, crisis and premature death.
Comrade Ibeawuchi therefore enjoined micro finance banks and other government agencies responsible for the granting of loans to create a more conducive procedure by subsidising interest rates and other procedure that have made it impossible for youths and other interested citizens to benefit from their service. He said such funds should be directed towards Human capital development to prevent further spread of militancy and other forms of arms carrying.
Also speaking, the directors of Cosset Global Services, partners of GIYA, Messrs Bathlomey Gerald and George Obomanu commended the facilitator of the programme and Zonal Pastor of RCCG Open Heavens Parish, Pastor Racheal Koko for her effort towards the actualisation of the programme and event.