NGO commences free entrepreneurship training for 10,000 youths in Akwa Ibom

In a pursuit to complement government’s efforts in trimming down the weight of unemployment, The New Breed for Sustainable Development, a non-governmental organization, has commenced a free Entrepreneurship Training for 10,000 youths in Akwa lbom State.

Spokesperson of the organization, Mr Ukeme Nyah, during a press conference, on Wednesday, said that youths who enrolled for the programme would be trained in batches and in various skills covering catering, leather works, fashion design, audio/visual production, agriculture, information and communication technologies (ICTs), and photography/videography.

Nyah said that the training was in line with his organization’s mission to promote skill-based education and entrepreneurship, adding that the organization was conscious of the importance entrepreneurship makes to sustainable development in every country.

He said that the free entrepreneurship training offered by The New Breed for Sustainable Development organization was a direct response to the bleak economic outlook of the world, with regards to the surging rate of unemployment.

He expressed optimism that his organization’s skilled based education would engender entrepreneurship and help youths to liberate their energies into worthwhile and profitable ventures.

Nyah said: “The New Breed for Sustainable Development seeks to address the issue of youth graduating from universities and not able to hold down a job due to lack of skills.

“Our programmes and activities are tailored to stir interest for practical skills acquisition other than just reading, writing and going to formal higher education (knowledge-based education).

“The goal is to help young people shake off mediocrity and live up to their full potential through self-discovery. Our main point is that everyone should not go to a four year university, but everyone should train for the job market of the now and future.

“The New Breed for Sustainable Development hopes that through the various programmes and activities, we will help some young people to change their mindset on securing white collar jobs by embracing skills acquisition and training that is compliant with the demands of time and enable them fit into the present global economy as a better alternative to endless writing of applications for jobs that are few and fast dwindling”.

According to Nyah, his organization’s desire to train the youths of Akwa Ibom State centres on the objective to facilitate the birthing of a generation of young people who would not only be skilled, but also capable of managing and sustaining the industries and the industrialization drive of Governor Udom Emmanuel.

He said the organization had, in the past eight years of its existence, embarked on campaigns against cultism, rape, crime and criminality, intra/inter-ethnic hostilities, harassment of government development strategies, and other social vices.

He added that the organization was working out modalities to provide start-up packages for beneficiaries at the end of the training programme.

In his response, the international coordinator of The New Breed for Sustainable Development, Engr. Ekpenyong Ekpenyong, said he perceived God’s presence in the programme.

Ekpenyong said it became important for his organization to give back to the society, even as he encouraged the trainees to make judicious use of the opportunity to add value to their lives.