Education for Employment (E for E) programme in Abia State has started yielding positive results as it has impacted skills to over 11,000 youths who are now in both government and private agencies.
Its Coordinator, Mr. Ndubuisi Ezengwa, who disclosed in an interview with New Telegraph, explained that the E for E programme was designed to develop youths, generate employment and harness the resources to support Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) in the state.
He said over 500 were engaged on Industrial Training in the pilot phase of the programme, while Governor Okezie Ikpeazu later provided them employment in the SMEs and local government areas.
Ezengwa, who is also the state focal person on Youth Empowerment and Social Support Operation (YESSO), added that the programme had attracted the support of the World Bank and stressed that Abia State was the only state in the South-East zone benefitting from the programme.
He said: “Before the World Bank or any donor agency supports you, they will want to see what you have done and how it is being done.
“One of the criteria for the programme is that any participating state must have existing youth development programme. In the first two years, we put structures in place and provided baseline data.
“Before the E for E programme came on board, Abia was unable to access the World Bank. Now with the E for E programme properly structured, the world became excited.
“In our first outing, we had 11,000 people. We are targeting another 11,000. If we are able to impact skills to 21,000 in these four years, in subsequent years, we will be able to double the number.”
“Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has many ways of empowering the youth, E for E programme is one. As long as we follow it properly without political interference, we will make progress. I’m aware Governor Okezie Ikpeazu will always allow thing to run smoothly.”
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