Ebonyi govt to support 300 ITF trainees with empowerment grants

David Umahi

The Ebonyi government has pledged to support the 300 Industrial Training Fund (ITF) trainees in the state with empowerment grants to establish their business ventures.

Mr Uchenna Orji, the Commissioner for Empowerment and Job creation, disclosed this on Monday in Abaklaiki during an assessment visit to the various ITF empowerment training centres in Abakaliki.

Orji said that at the end of the training he would make effective representation to the governor for the trainees to adequately utilise the opportunities provided within the three months training period.

“You will be issued certificates at the end of the training and the certificate will generate funds for you to establish your various businesses ventures.

“The state government’s support will complement that from the ITF after the training to ensure that you become business entrepreneurs in your various business fields.

“You also have the chance of expanding your businesses by accessing the state government’s N4billion empowerment fund which will develop your business to the level you desire,” he said.

The commissioner commended the ITF for training no fewer than 300 Ebonyi citizens in different vocations such as catering services and events management, metal fabrication, tiling among others.

“Ebonyi is one of the fastest economically-growing states in the country and its people are embracing the message of self-employment and wealth creation.

“ITF has become a household name in Ebonyi and has performed exceptionally well under the present government in the state which places empowerment and job creation among its cardinal policies.

“The ITF has demonstrated its unbridled love for Ebonyi by inaugurating its South East zonal office in the state with the governor determined to raise the income level of its citizens to an appreciable height,” he said.

He noted that the state government’s favourable disposition to the federal government was yielding fruits as all the latter’s empowerment schemes were being implemented in the state.

Earlier, Mrs Ifeyinwa Osagie, ITF Area Manager in Abakaliki, said that the programme had designated five centres for catering and events management across Abaklaiki among other centres for other vocations.

“The programme which commenced on Aug.8, would last for three months with the aim of imparting entrepreneurship skills in the trainees to start their businesses.

“We are also happy to announce that trainees in the metal and fabrication centre are developing rapidly with most of them already delivering related services to the public,” she said.

Mrs Chika Aluu, the Catering and Events Management Trainer, noted that the trainees were rapidly grasping the tutorials being offered them which had made her job easy.

“It is my wish that after the training they would not depend on their families for sustenance and also be able to effectively manage their respective homes,” she said.

One of the trainees, Miss Lilian Odii, said that she learnt the complexities in cooking and related catering requirements and could prepare several local and foreign delicacies. (NAN)

– Oct. 15, 2018 @ 18:15 GMT |

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