Ekweremadu Sponsors 700 Youths in ICT Training

…Says human capital development is key to national transformation

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has commenced the training of 700 youths in Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills through the Ikeoha Foundation, a non-profit and non-governmental development platform founded by him.

Speaking during the flag-off of the project at the Ikeoha Foundation ICT Training Centre in Enugu over the weekend, Senator Ekweremadu said the training was part of his vision and ongoing efforts to harness the potentials of the young people to make them self-reliant and drivers of the economy.

He stressed that no nation ever developed without building the requisite human capital and supporting the youths to be catalysts for transformation.

The Deputy President of the Senate said: “The best way for us to build a better society is to create a pool of young men and women who are resourceful and self-reliant; and since the government cannot provide jobs for everybody, what we are doing is to compliment the efforts of government to ensure that there is meaningful life for everyone in the society, from the young men to the elderly.

“The philosophy behind the training is that since God has given us the opportunity and privilege to support and help others, we will neither be doing any good to ourselves nor fulfilling the ends of that opportunity if we don’t avail our teeming youths the opportunity to excel and be better than what we are today.”

Senator Ekweremadu assured that the five National Youth Development Centres, which he attracted to the five local governments of the Enugu West Senatorial District would soon take off, while efforts were underway to set up small-scale industries to help to tame the scourge of youth unemployment.

“We are also going into the establishment of small scale industries, starting with a polythene industry in Akagbe-Ugwu, Enugu, which we will hand over to some young men who will run it to earn their living from it; and if that succeeds, we will spread it to many other places to ensure that we have a society where everybody will count”, he added.

Meanwhile Senator Ekweremadu has also promised continued support for the thirty Adult Literacy Centres established by the Ikeoha Foundation to boost adult literacy level in Enugu State, expressing satisfaction with their outputs.

“So many of our adult men and women who were not able to have formal education have now acquired First School Leaving Certificate through the Adult Literacy Centres in all parts of Enugu West Senatorial District, and we will continue to ensure that they serve as centres for excellence in human development”, he stressed.

The Deputy President of the Senate also assured that the Foundation would continue to provide free eye test and glasses for all the students of the centres to improve their vision.

Also speaking at the event, the Anglican Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Bishop Emmanuel Chukwuma, described Senator Ekweremadu as “a true representative of his people who never talks, but rather works”.

Earlier in their addresses, the Executive Director of Ikeoha Foundation, Mrs. Cindy Ezeugwu, said the ICT training would prepare the trainees for the work place by equipping them with ICT and employability skills, while the Managing Director of Jetlinks, technical partners of Ikeoha Foundation in the training programme, Mr. John Nwosu promised to ensure that the training complied with the best international standards that would help the trainees stand out anywhere in the world.

Uche Anichukwu
Special Adviser (Media) to Deputy President of the Senate