The Federal Government in collaboration with the World Bank has distributed N100m to the youths of Anambra State for development and empowerment.
The money was disbursed during the inauguration of the first phase of a four-day training for youths in Anambra State under the Anambra COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus, AN-CARES project.
During the exercise, over 500 youths were trained in the programme that took place at Ekwulobia in Aguata Local Government Area of the state.
The youths who participated in the training were selected from the 10 pilot local government areas of the state and were given N200,000 each for empowerment, making it a total of N100m distributed.
The pilot areas include Aguata, Anambra West, Awka North and South, Idemili South, Ihiala, Nnewi North and South, Ogbaru, and Onitsha South.
In his speech, the Chairman of the Steering Committee, who is equally the Anambra State Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mrs Chiamaka Nnake, said the Prof Chukwuma Soludo-led administration would always ensure that Anambra youths receive their share of any Federal Government’s largesse.
Nnake called for the appropriate implementation of the livelihood programme and implored the Anambra State Cares team (AN-CARES) to ensure that the startup grants were given to the right persons.
She enjoined the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the grant to promote productivity and creativity.
Earlier in his speech, the Head of state’s Cash Transfer Unit and Anambra COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus Project, Mr Raph Enukorah had urged the beneficiaries to endeavour to improve their knowledge of financial and business management during training and as well make judicious use of the grant.
On their parts, some of the beneficiaries, Miss Ndidiamaka Ezenwafor, and Mr Aloysius Okafor expressed joy over the programme and appreciated the state and the Federal Government, as well as the World Bank for choosing the intervention, while promising to utilize the opportunity.
Also present at the event were the Commissioner for Women and Social Welfare, Mrs. Ify Obinabo,the Head of Anambra State COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus Coordinating Unit, and Mrs. Ogochukwu Orji.