By, Emediong Idem.
Over the weekend, some youth of Nsit Ubium extraction beamed with smiles as a reputable NGO, Smile We Care Int’l brought to an end their two weeks free skill acquisition proggramme, tagged, “Let’s Save the Youth” with start up grants to those who distinguished themselves during the test.
The events, which cut across the two clans of the local govt. had its Grandfinale/Exhibition at the Nsit Ubium Council Hall.
The coordinator of the training programme, Comrd. Inyang James who is also the CEO of Smile We Care Int’l and Yanky Media. said, “That the training was born out of the need to equip some of the youth with Entrepreneural skills that would enhance the spirit of enterprise and sustainable development.
He said, “The days of giving people fish have long passed, describing the gesture as a seed, planted that would blossom to become and oak.
Comrd Inyang, attributted the backward train of development among Youth outside Educational qualification is the lack of Mentorship on Skills acquisition.
He called on the people who are priviledged and the government to lend a hand to the trainees who have just graduated in their various vocations.
The events, which was witnessed by some Aides of the Governor, boosted the morales of the participant and justified the sacrifice of comrd Inyang James.
In their seperate remarks, the S.A to the gov. On project monitoring Mr Victor Brown. Commended the Coordinator for such laudable training proggramme.
He said, that the participant, stand a chance to compete favourably with their counter parts elsewhere.
On his part, the S.A to the gov. On Entertainment Mr David Seargent A.K.A Utang Akwa Ibom applauded the CEO of Smile We Care Int’l for the ingenuity to equip the Youth who are future leaders of tommorrow with vocational skills that would enhance their independence and socio-economic growth of the society.
Mr David sergeant, charged the graduands to not only recieved the knowledge, which according to him is the talents but put it to use, then train the Youth.
While congratulating the participant, the S.A on Entertainment gave some of the participants who graduated in various skills a starter pack for them to put the knowledge gained to use.
An Academic Dr. E J Udom who is the Rector of Heritage Polytechnic said ‘ That the Asian tigers of today, committed themselves to the acquisition of innovative skills both in technology and ICT. Today, they are competing back to back with the western countries to the expense that their cough gives the developed country cause to worry.
He applauded the organizer of the training proggramme for setting the pace and urged the participant not to rest on their oars but thrive to improve on the knowledge gained to become outstanding in their choiced vocation.
The S.A to the gov. On Public Affairs Barr. Morgan Ekanem said’ the coordinator had done what Napoleon could not do.
He recalled, a Chinese proverb that says ‘ Teach people how to fish and not fish for them saying that comrade Inyang has set the pace worthy of emulation and called on well placed members of the society to support the Youth to acquire knowledge that is sutainable.
Cautioned, the political class not to use the Youth as cannon fodders or thugs but give them Skill that would better their future and the society at large.
Some of the participants, Expressed appreciation, for the opportunity given them at no cost to acquire skill in vocations they couldn’t have afforded. And pledged to use the knowledge gained to impact on the society and also earn a living.
Present at the occassion, was the representative of the Chairman Mr Obot Ekot, Mr God fada Uko, Mrs Anne Abraham among others.
The two weeks training featured:
Photography and Drone piloting, Paint Production, Make-Up and Gele tying, Cosmetology, Confectionaries, Scaffolding.