By Abuchi Onwumelu
As part of activities to commemorate this year’s World Youth Skill Day, the Anambra State Government has presented Grade Two and Grade Three Trade Test certificates to 500 graduands from its various skill acquisition programmes for youths.
The beneficiaries were trained in computer craft work, hair dressing, cosmetology, block laying and concrete work, painting, GSM repairs, hotel and catering management, photography, leather works, tiling and POP.
Presenting the certificates to the skill acquisition graduands in Awka, the State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, said if given the desired skills, youths of the state had the potential of being at par with China, Japan and other developing nations.
The governor who was represented by the State Commissioner for Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy, Prof Theresa Nkechi Obiekezie, called on good spirited individuals and companies to assist government in its continuous training and retraining of youths for their economic sustainability.
‘These certificates will enable the trained youths gain employment, both in private companies and government offices around the world.
‘As you collect your certificates, be sure to continue to practice the skills for which you were trained. Let me also assure you of government’s continuous commitment to providing suitable atmosphere for youths to maximize their potentials of self-actualization and self-employment,’ Obiano stated.
While describing the youths of the state as enterprising, he observed that the theme of this year’s celebration, “Re-imagining Youth Skills, Post-Pandemic”, was aimed at extolling the resilience and creativity of youth throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
In a brief remark, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy, Mrs Louisa Ezeanya, urged youths to be agents of change, be creative and innovative, to enable them to succeed in life.