Governor Ugwuanyi made this known during the graduation of 536 trainees of the second batch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Skill Acquisition Programme in the state.
He said that the scheme was a timely intervention that would create wealth, reduce unemployment and stimulate the economy of the state and urged the graduating trainees to use the knowledge acquired to contribute to the development of the society.
In an address, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, who was represented by the Sector Director, Mr. Hamza Yahaya, emphasized the importance of skills acquisition in the country and announced the approval for continuation of the programme in the state.
A graduate trainee who spoke on behalf of others, Miss Tochi Aboh, commended the gesture of the federal and state government for the remarkable exercise.
The graduating students were paid instantly and were among the 750 participants chosen from the 17 Local Government Areas of the state undergoing training in focal areas such as tailoring, hairdressing, Haircut and Aluminum works apprenticeship