By Chukwuka Ugokwe/Chika Obinwa/Chukwuemeka Orji
Awka, July 16, 2021(MOI) As part of activities to commemorate e this year’s World Youth Skills Day, the Anambra State Government has presented Trade Test certificates to 500 graduands from its various skills acquisition programmes for the youths.
The beneficiaries were trained in Computer craftwork, Hairdressing, Cosmetology, Block laying and concrete work, Painting work, GSM repairs, Hotel and Catering Management, Photography, Leatherworks, Tiling, and POP ceiling.
Presenting the certificates to the skills acquisition graduands at King David Hotels, Awka, the Commissioner for Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy, Prof Theresa Obiekezie, said Grades two and three certificates of proficiency were issued.
She added that Grade one Trade Test certificate would be issued to those who must have started training others in their various fields of specialisation.
While explaining the uniqueness of the certificates from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, she said if, given the desired skills, youths of the state have the potential of being at par with China, Japan, and other developing nations.
The commissioner called on good-spirited individuals and companies to assist the government in its continuous training and retraining of youths for their economic sustainability.
“These certificates will enable the trained youths to 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 the government’s continued commitment to providing a suitable atmosphere for youths to maximize their potential of self actualisation and self-employment,’’ Prof. Obiekezie said.
While describing the youths of the state as enterprising, she observed that the theme for this year’s celebration: “Reimagining Youth Skills, Post Pandemic’’, 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 the youths to be agents of change, be creative and innovative to enable them to succeed in life.
Resource persons who spoke on the theme for this year’s celebration included Dr. I k Ume, Managing Director, Pacent Technologies, and Dr. Azubuike Aniedu, Head of Information Communication Technology (ICT), Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
They urged the skills acquisition graduands to explore new ways of doing business, take ownership of their businesses, and build linkages and partnerships to excel in a largely competitive environment. Some of the graduands including Ifunanya Okeke, Mmesoma Obichukwu, and Micheal Ekwezo, appreciated the state government for its youth-friendly policies and programmes, pledging to use the certificate to add more value to society. (MOI)