Anambra State Commissioner for Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy, Prof Theresa Obiekezie, has said youths of the state have the potential of being at par with China, Japan and other developing nations if given the desired skills.
Obiekezie stated this while presenting
Trade Test certificates to 500 graduads from the various skill acquisition programmes for youths in the state as part of activities to commemorate this year’s World Youth Skill Day.
She said Grades two and three certificates of proficiency were issued to the graduads, while that of Grade one Trade Test certificate would be issued to those who must have started training others in their various fields of specialization.
The commissioner underscored the uniqueness of the certificates from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, calling on spirited individuals and companies to assist government in its continuous training and retraining of youths for their economic sustainability.
She said, “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.
Resource persons who spoke on the theme, “Reimagining Youth Skills, Post Pandemic” aimed at extolling the resilience and creativity of youth throughout the COVID-19 crisis included Dr Ik Ume, Managing Director, Pacent Technologies and Dr Azubuike Aniedu, Head of information Communication Technology(ICT), Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
They urged the skill acquisition graduads to explore new ways of doing business, take ownership of their businesses, build linkages and partnership to excel in a largely competitive environment.
Some of the graduads 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 the society.
The beneficiaries were trained in Computer craft work, Hair dressing, Cosmetology, Block laying and concrete work, Painting work, GSM repairs, Hotel and Catering Management, Photography, Leatherworks,Tiling and POP ceiling.