A frontline socio-political group in Akwa Ibom, The New Breed for Sustainable Development has graduated 754 trainees from her ongoing vocational training program organised for young people in the state.
The event which also marked the 9th anniversary of the non-governmental organisation took place at Ibom Hall, Uyo with a 754 graduates in different areas including; make-over, fashion & Design, ICT, leatherwork, and catering.
The group’s International coordinator, Mr Ekpenyong Ekpenyong said the organisation has distinguished itself as a reputable brand of excellence and demonstrated commitment and passion toward the development of the State adding that, it will continue to remain at the forefront of human capacity building, rural development and political transformation.
“In the last nine years, the New Breed has distinguished itself as a reputable brand of excellence and demonstrated commitment and passion toward the development of our dear State. We have remained at the forefront of human capacity building, rural development and political transformation.
“Our resolve is to promote skill-based education with the hope of equipping young people with relevant skills that will not only help them create jobs but also, drive economic growth, provide the needed manpower and birth innovations in Akwa Ibom. So far, the value chain has been enormous and the spirit of enterprise has been reawakened in our young people in line with the Dakkada Philosophy of our dear governor,” he said.
While congratulating the graduands, the group Boss urged them to make good use of what he described as a ‘God-given’ opportunity.
“Permit me to quote Vince Lombardi: Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price all of us must pay to achieve any worthwhile goal,” he said.
The PDP gubernatorial candidate in Akwa Ibom, Pastor Umo Eno strongly advocated for a deliberate and sustained investment in the development of small and medium-scale enterprises in the State.
He noted that developing entrepreneurs is the crux of the 21st-century economy adding that if the youths are equipped with the requisite skills, they would not lack jobs.
Eno, who was the keynote speaker at the event, further maintained that the solution to the present high rate of unemployment, poverty and restiveness in Nigeria is moving the youths from job seekers to job creators through skill acquisition and vocational training.
The seasoned entrepreneur commended the International Coordinator of The New Breed, Ekpenyong for the initiative and zeal to empower the new generation stressing, “What I am seeing here is the vision for a new Akwa Ibom.”
The well-attended event which attracted highly profiled personalities across the state, featured a keynote address by Pastor Umo Eno, a procession of graduands, good will messages and distribution of empowerment items to trainees.