ODOGWU EMEKA ODOGWU reports that Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) in collaboration with the Polar-Afrique consulting limited, Abuja, weekend, trained over 100 women and youths from Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra state on various business opportunities that abound in their immediate environment as well as secrets on how to set up a small scale business and resource management.
The training which was facilitated by the member representing Ogbaru Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives (National Assembly), Hon. Chukwuka Onyema was aimed at taking the youths off the street by providing to them a take-off grant. The grant was expected to enable them start off their choice businesses after the skills acquisition.
While addressing the participants, a senior Research fellow of the institute, Mr. Paul Andrew Gwaza noted that the unemployed and under employed youths in Nigeria have always been a tool for execution of violence in the society, hence the need to engage them meaningfully at various levels.
Gwaza, however identified injustice, denial and poverty as major sources of conflict and violence in Nigeria but disclosed to the participants that identifying business ideas and opportunities is a step towards overcoming poverty and hunger, adding that the exposure was for the youths to make options in Agriculture and other areas.
On his part, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Polar-Afrique limited, Dr. Chris Osiomha Itsede, represented by Mr., Emmanuel Fagbamila explained that the duty of IPCR and Polar-Afrique is on the capacity and peace building of the participants while the federal lawmaker, Hon. Onyema will provide the empowerment for the youths, which he said, will make them become bosses of their own without relying on the government.
The lawmaker, Hon Onyema disclosed that the participants drawn from the 16 wards of the council area will be empowered with over N10 million worth of cash and materials as take-off grant and enjoined them to make judicious use of the money, adding that his intension was to give back to the society.
The Federal lawmaker represented by his Campaign Director, Mr. Okoli Okwudili said he has empowered over 500 youths since his election into the House which he said is to buttress his commitment in building human infrastructure and providing quality representation as enshrined in his campaign promises.