Youth Empowerment: Commissioner underscores importance of mentorship

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Prof Theresa Obiekezie

THE Anambra State Commissioner for Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy, Prof Theresa Obiekezie, has emphasised a commitment of the state government to discovering, developing and nurturing budding entrepreneurs trained in various skills.

She described coaching and mentoring programmes as a critical component of the ministry's pacesetting ``One Youth, One Skill’’ empowerment agenda targeted at building the capacity of skill acquisition graduates.

The commissioner, who was speaking shortly after a Coaching and Mentoring tour to business locations of skilled graduates across the state, said the programme was aimed at offering beneficiaries technical support to run sustainable businesses.

``We have just commenced coaching and mentoring schemes for the 4th batch graduates of ``One youth, One skill programme’’ to teach them more about how to grow their businesses.

``We follow them up to identify their challenges, successes recorded and expose them to access for credit facilities. We don't just leave them on their own after the training,’’ Prof Obiekezie said.

According to her, the government will continue to provide the youths with tools that will improve their quality of life and drastically transform them such that they become sources of blessing to others.

She urged the beneficiaries of the programme to believe in themselves in spite of difficulties, personal setbacks and challenges and rise to take more control over their future.

One of the skills acquisition graduates, who spoke during the tour including  Jacinta Ajaegbo, who was trained in confectionery, said she remained grateful to the state government for the empowerment programme, which had been sustaining her.

While commending the commissioner for her motherly counsels, she called for more support to enable her to stabilise the business.

There were others like Emmanuel Nwaeze, who trained in barbing and Ogechukwu Nwabude that trained in confectionery.

They hailed the government for considering them worthy to benefit from the empowerment programme and also pleaded for more support to overcome other pressing challenges.

- Nov. 27, 2021 @ 13:48 GMT |

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