The Federal Capital Territory Subsidy Reinvestment Employment Programme (FCT SURE-P), yesterday graduated two hundred and three (203) young men and women in fourteen vocational skills.
According to the organisers, the 14 vocational skills include; event management, soap making, baking, shoe and bag making, household chemicals, catering, beading/accessory making, photography, make-up business among others.
Speaking at the event, the FCT Permanent Secretary, Engr. John Chukwu, said the FCT Administration has recorded another stride towards building the capacity of youth who constitute a large number of active population towards gainful self-employment.
“I urge you to see this little investment of the FCT Administration as the proverbial mustard seed sown in each and every one of you which we hopefully should see develop into strong and solid small scale businesses that will be feed into the bigger economy in the nearest future,” Chukwu noted.
He used the occasion to assure youth in the Federal Capital Territory that the administration will continue to focus on areas of capacity building for self-employment, while revealing that the FCT Administration in collaboration with the Industrial Training Fund, under the National Industrial Skills Development Programme has trained a critical mass of 1000 youth in various vocational skills.
Chukwu further assured that the FCT Administration will to replicate the achievements recorded in vocational training in 2015, stressing that more trainees will be engaged in the field of masonry, carpentry/roofing among others.
Earlier, the Coordinator of FCT SURE-P, Mr. Isa Ari reiterated that vocational training is an aspect of the Social Safety Net Programme of the FCT SURE-P designed to ensure that the youths in the nation’s capital are better equipped to prevent idleness which in most cases could lead to insecurity in the territory.
Ari assured the graduants that arrangements have been concluded with the Abuja Enterprise Agency and the Enterprise Development Center to expose them to the right entrepreneurship training and mentoring aimed at assisting the graduants to establish themselves on a sound footing, even as he advised them to explore the opportunity provided by the administration.
One of the trainees, a graduate in the field of Event Management, Mr. Emmanuel Ayuba, who spoke to newsmen, expressed appreciation to President Goidluck Jonathan and the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed for sustaining the employment programme, noting that it has a multiplier effect in the nearest future.
He promised that he will use the knowledge acquired from the training to impact positively on other youths, while calling on government to sustain tempo.