Senator Obinna Ogba, a lawmaker representing Ebonyi Central Senatorial Zone, has partnered with the Project Development Institute to train over 100 indigent Ebonyi Women and Youths on skill acquisition and vocational programme.
The empowerment programme took place at Salt Lake Hotel, Abakaliki, the state capital.
Ogba, in his address during the event, urged the participants to make good use of the training and the financial provisions which came with the exercise.
He explained that the aim of the exercise was to reduce joblessness and unemployment among the people of Ebonyi State.
The Senator said, “the essence of the programme is for the empowerment of people. It’s a semi-skilled empowerment programme. There will be teaching on production of household products like detergents.
“There’s a segment for fashion designing and bead making. The participants will get industrial machines and the regular sewing machines. The essence of the programme is to curb joblessness and insecurity in society.
“People are selected across the local governments that make up Ebonyi Central zone, Ikwo, Ezza South, Ezza North and Ishielu. The categories of those selected for the programme are either indigent or graduates without jobs.
“The participants are not only going to be given start-up equipment but also grant to enable them kick start their businesses. The participants should make do with what they are given so that they can become self reliant and sufficient.”