. . . Trains over 500 in Various Skills
By Chioma Ndife
The Prince Reuben Nwofor Tabansi Charitable Foundation has awarded scholarship to university students, as well as start-up capital to about 20 individuals who emerged best in the skill acquisition workshop/symposium organized for youths in Anambra State.
The skill acquisition training with the theme: ''Equipping the Youths with Requisite Skills and Values needed in the Journey of Success'', held at Agbadani Village Hall, Nri, Anaocha LGA, Anambra State, took place from January 2 to January 5.
Fides gathered that the skill acquisition training empowered over 500 youths with basic skills in Gele tying, bead making, hats, makeup, fascinator and liquid soap production.
The skill acquisition programme which started with a symposium, had the CEO of Chisco Group of Companies, Dr. Chidi Anyaegbu; CEO Svengali Designs Ltd and Fahrenheight Hotel, Anselm Tabansi; CEO Destino Resources, Mr. Uchenna Nweze; Prof. Ngozi Chumu-Udeh and Mr. Walter Adogu, as guest speakers.
Speaking to Fides, the founder, Iyom Chibugwu Jane Uju Tabansi-Duru, stated that the skill acquisition programme and scholarship award meant for six indigent students were aimed at empowering people to achieve their full potentials in life. She regretted that 4 out of the 6 persons who were given scholarship award were not able to show evidence that they had been admitted into a university. She noted therefore that the scholarship award would be given to the individuals when they presented admission evidence.
Tabansi-Duru explained that the foundation which was founded in the United States of America two years ago, commenced its activities a year after it was formed. She noted that the foundation was borne out of the love she had for her father in a bid to continue his legacy of giving to those in need and his love for African culture.
She expressed optimism that the foundation would help to restore the essence of hard work, hope and integrity in the youths.
The founder disclosed that the foundation, with board members drawn across the globe, seeks to unite Africans and Africans in diaspora towards an African Unity. She noted that foundation teaches the concept of Pan Africanism and describes it as the way out for Africa to rise in the world.
She said that the skill acquisition programme organized for Anambra Youths came sequel to the desire of the foundation to make qualitative investment in individuals to assist them to survive in the face of life difficulties.
She revealed that over 500 youths through the programme had acquired different entrepreneurial skills to startup businesses of their choice. She stated that the start-up capital given to over 20 participant who showed brilliance in the skills taught was to encourage them to start up immediately.
Receiving the scholarship award, one of the awardees, Chukwunwike Christian Obegbunan, thanked God for the grace which enabled him to emerge among the beneficiaries of the scholarship award. He promised to make judicious use of the funds and excel academically to achieve his life potentials. He disclosed that finance was the major reason why he didn't further his education after graduating from secondary school in 2014.
Obegbunan said he was offered admission in 2014 after his secondary school education but was asked to forfeit the admission because his elder brother was still in school, saying that his parents could not train the both of them in a higher institution at the same period.
Also speaking, one of those who were given business start-up capital, Micheal Chukwujiekwu Okoye, expressed his intention to start up fascinator business through the fund received from the foundation and disclosed his desire to grow his line of business to be among the best in Nigeria.
Okoye who expressed optimism of making it in life, appreciated the foundation and vowed to give back to society by empowering others to discover their life purpose.
Another beneficiary of the business startup capital, Emmanuelle Chigabata, revealed her intention towards going into confectionary business and to use part of the funds to acquire materials for Gele tying classes which she would commence online. She thanked the foundation board members, noting that the programme had impacted greatly on her.