By Abuchi Onwumelu
The 2nd Edition of the monthly Mentoring Moment being organised by the Anambra State Government through the Ministry of Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy was held last Monday in Awka with 1000 youths mentored by Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah who is the mentor of the month.
Aside the mentoring session, ten youths in Anambra State qualified for the first phase of digital entrepreneurship and business training trip to China.
The youths were participants at the Mentoring Moment which had Engr. Ifeanyi Aniagoh, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on Youth Development and Digital Entrepreneurship, as the host.
The youths who emerged after a lucky dip included Miss Chinelo Enukora; Mr. Uchenna Okafor; Mr. Valentine Aladi; Mrs Vera Abana and Mr Jeremiah Onyedikachukwu.
Others were Miss Miracle Chukwujekwu; Mr. Okpala Chukwuma; Mr. Gabriel Nnadume; Mr. Chizelim Ogbogu and Miss Deliverance Ezenwegbu.
Speaking to newsmen in Awka, the governor's aide, Aniagoh, said the mentoring moment was a unique platform designed in line with the vision of Gov Obiano to change the narrative for Anambra youths.
Aniagoh said the lucky 10 would enjoy an all expense paid trip and participate in the forthcoming World Trade Fair in China, courtesy of Chief Ifeanyi Ubah, Chairman of Capital Oil and Gas Group.
Aniagoh noted that the trip would enable the youths to explore the opportunities in the digital entrepreneurship space and equip them with necessary skills to catch-in on the promising economy of Information Technology.
According to Aniagoh, 'We had our August Edition of Mentoring Moment and it was great.
Mentoring moment is a programme designed to awaken the minds of the youths to grab the opportunities around them and use their creativity to contribute to the economy.
'It's the vision of Gov Willie Obiano of Anambra State to raise the pool of young entrepreneurs that would dictate the pace in the digital world. So, through special Digipreneur programmess like this, we guide the young people on self-development, give them the right orientation, before arming them with desirable digital skills.
'Chief Ifeanyi Ubah who was the mentor of the month provided opportunity to 10 lucky youths to go to China for more exposure. They are being prepared to become world class entrepreneurs,' he said.
According to him, while other states battled to provide unavailable jobs, Anambra State, through the visionary leadership of Gov Obiano was changing the narrative for her youths, preparing them to become wealth creators and employers of labour.
'These programmes are only possible because we have a youth friendly governor in Chief Willie Obiano; an energetic Commissioner for Youth, Bonaventure Enemali; and robust partnership with Stanel World, Anambra Broadcasting Service, DigitalPr-Wire and many other good willing individuals/groups,' Aniagoh said.
He said through the Digipreneur programmes, 2000 persons had been mentored and over 2,600 trained on digital skills, even as he urged those who had had the privilege, to make good use of the opportunities.