Business 1,300 Youths, Women Undergo Enterpreneural, Skill Acquisition Training in Akwa Ibom

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According to Mrs. Patience Osunkwo, Coordinator in Akwa Ibom of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), the directorate has trained 1,300 youths and women in Akwa Ibom in 10 marketable skills and businesses this year.

Osunkwo said that 200 of the youths were trained in different agro-allied businesses.

She explained that the trainees for the agro-allied programme were given one month theoretical training, and later posted to some private farms in the state for practical knowledge.

She said others were trained in trades such as welding and fabrication, plumbing, catering, hairdressing, computer repairs and mobile phone repairs.

“We also trained people in outboard engine maintenance, video production, photography and cane chair production,” she said.

The coordinator also said that each of the beneficiaries underwent the training programme for six months, and was paid a monthly stipend of N5,000.

She noted that each of the five graduates trained in small-scale enterprises was given N600,000 loan to start a business at the end of the training.

Osunkwo said the graduates who engaged themselves in oil palm processing, poultry farming and fish production were given a six-month period of grace before repayment.

She urged other individuals and organisations in the state to join hands with NDE in training the youths and providing starter packs for them to start business.
 
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