By : Chiadikobi Ozor
Dr. Pat Asadu member representing Nsukka /Igboeze South federal constituency in partnership with Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), has empowered 500 constituent members through training in skills acquisition.
Dr. Asadu chairman House Committee on Marine, Ports, Harbour and Waterways said the training was part of the corporate social responsibility of Nigeria Ports Authority in Nsukka/Igboeze-South Federal Constituency, noting that the training and empowerment was the 7th edition for rural women/youths on agricultural value chain addiction for income enhancement in the constituency.
The 500 women and youths from Nsukka/Igboeze south local government areas were trained on how to grow ginger spice, prepare ginger powder, ginger juice and starch.
Asadu urged the women and youths to make good use of the opportunity, adding that some of them would become successful business mogul in the near future, as some successful women in the world started this way and climbed up.
“This one day training and empowerment programme is to assist women and youths of the constituency and reduce the problem of unemployment in the state” he said.
He appealed to the constituent members to ensure participation in the general elections of February 16th and March 2nd by casting their votes wisely in order to move the country forward.
Mrs Hadiza Usman, Managing Director, Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) represented by Mr David Eze said that the empowerment training was organized for women /youths to empower them towards self-help and reduce unemployment.
“We will monitor the beneficiaries and will be ready to assist those who invested the start-up capital into what they learnt.
“NPA wants you to invest the start-up capital in what you have learnt so that you will become job creators in future,” she said.
The Managing Director said that the efforts of the authority was to complement federal government efforts on women and youths in the country.
“The training and provision of start-up capital to 500 beneficiaries is part of our corporate social responsibility.”
She said that the empowerment is meant to assist women and youths to earn a living as well as assist their families, adding that the start-up capital is non refundable but grant to start business, I advise them to make judicious use of the money,” she said.
Usman commended Dr Pat Asadu, House Committee Chairman on Ports, Harbour and Waterways, for the manner his committee had been discharging its duties.
She told the beneficiaries that, ”It’s the good working relationship between NPA and Asadu who represents Nsukka/Igboeze-South that made this empowerment programme possible.”