In a bid to enhance educational advancement in Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area of Rivers State, the council has registered over 1,300 youths to write the West African Examination Certificate (WASCE) free of charge.
The chairman of the local government, Hon Lawrence Abiebiari disclosed this during the graduation of 601 skills acquisition trainees and empowerment of 450 women and youths in the local government held at the council headquarters, Ogu recently.
Hon. Abiebiari said the gesture was part of his electionary campaign promises to boost human and capital development, pointing out that 80 were sponsored to study maritime skill at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, while some youths sponsored for industrial safety and security training at Rivers State Polytechnic, Bori.
According to him, the gesture is aimed at improving the living standard of the people and reduce poverty in the area.
The council boss also said that the administration embarked on construction of a skills acquisition centre and library in Bolo, assuring that the administration would utilise the limited resources at its disposal to improve the well being of the people and put smiles on their faces, adding that “As a dedicated administration to develop the area, we would continue to work ascidiously to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people”.
The council boss charged the graduands and beneficiaries of the empowerment scheme to utilise the opportunity to better their lives, stressing that the women and youths empowerment scheme was predicated upon the good vision of the wife of the governor, Dame Judith Amaechi’s Empowerment Support Initiative (ESI), and promised to support her efforts in bettering the lives of women and youths in the state.