Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Over 3000 youths from the 16 communities of Orumba-North state constituency are to acquire vocational cum entrepreneurial skills for financial independence and self-help purposes.
Speaking on the youth empowerment programme, the lawmaker representing Orumba-North state constituency in the state assembly, Hon. Emeka Aforka, said the aim of the scheme was to alleviate poverty as well as occupy the minds of the youngsters with meaningful ventures they can leverage on to abstain from crime and criminality.
Aforka who disclosed his forthcoming enlarged youth empowerment programme to journalists in Awka at the weekend, emphasized that youths occupied a vantage position in his constituency development agenda.
He said, “I have 16 communities in my constituency and my duty as the representative of the people is to give them the necessary knowledge and trainings. Those who are successful will be empowered.
“More than three thousand youths are expected to turn in for the exercise. They would be trained on information and communication technology, agriculture and a host of other vocations. The training is all-encompassing.”
The lawmaker also explained that interactions with his constituents had been regular and that his motions and activities had been products of the outcome of his constituency briefings.
Aforka who functions as the Deputy Chairman House of Assembly Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, noted that his constituency programmes were not only targeted at the youths but also involved women and the downtrodden.
According to him, the incoming vocational training for youths in Orumba-North local government area would provide veritable platform for new discoveries as letters of invitation have been extended to churches, traditional rulers and President-General of all the communities in Orumba-North, adding that the state commissioner for youth entrepreneurship and creative economy would also grace the ground-breaking ceremony of the youth empowerment programme scheduled to hold 19th February, 2020.
The Orumba-North former council chairman said he would unveil the second phase of his free medical outreach during the Easter period and equally celebrate this year’s Easter festivity with the orphanages, persons living with sickle cell diseases and other less-privileged ones in his constituency.
He said that apart from the youth training coming up this February, other youth development Programmes involving talent hunt where successful youngsters would be empowered with start-ups, would be unveiled also before the year ends.