Mrs. Obiano’s Pet project to Partner NYSC in Skills Acquisition

By Emeka Ozumba

The First lady of Anambra State Chief (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano has assured the Director of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Anambra State Mrs. Inyang Bassey Ekpe of her readiness to partner with NYSC in furtherance of the skills acquisition programmes of her pet project Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ). Mrs. Obiano gave the assurance when the director led the NYSC team on a courtesy visit to her office at Government House Awka.

Chief Mrs. Obiano said that she is thrilled that NYSC intervention goes beyond the Orientation programmes for Corpers to include empowerment initiatives which are in line with CAFE activities. According to Mrs. Obiano, “rest assured that we will work together in skills acquisition which my pet project CAFÉ is currently doing by training women in various skills. I believe that not only graduates are meant to acquire skills; now your people will collaborate with us to train others to be useful to themselves and the society.”

The Wife of the Governor restated her belief that Youth Corpers can assist her in the ongoing empowerment programmes. She noted that the more people she is able to get engaged the less the crime rate in the state. “I thank God for my husband His Excellency Chief Willie Obiano's foresight and approach to crime fighting. The improved security in Anambra is attracting investors and ensuring that our children serving here are living freely and are secure.” She stated.

Mrs. Obiano also told the Director that CAFÉs' collaboration with NYSC in the area of education will include weekend and evening classes for women who could not attend regular classes. She observed that whether one is trading or engaged in other petty ventures you need some knowledge to be able to count your earnings.

Earlier the NYSC Director told Mrs. Obiano that the NYSC is happy with Governor Obiano because he has shown that he is NYSC friendly. “The Governor made it a priority to secure and protect NYSC participants in the state, and we note with satisfaction that almost all Corpers got accommodated while those who did not get are paid in lieu of accommodation.” She stated.

Speaking further Mrs. Bassey Ekpe told Mrs. Obiano “we came to appreciate you and your husband for the good work you are doing and to propose partnership with you in your empowerment projects, skills acquisition and community development. We teach the Corpers and afterwards they go into the community to teach others.”

She also explained that the NYSC has Health groups with capacity to render house-to-house medical support in the rural areas and Mass Literacy programme as well as skills acquisition training in tailoring, shoe-making, fishery, and can tap into the agric programme of the government.

Wife of the Governor of Anambra State, Chief (Mrs) Ebelechukwu Obiano (Centre) in handshake with Director of NYSC Mrs Inyang Bassey Ekpe, Extreme left is Personal Assistant to the NYSC Director, Mr Ernest Mbonu, Assistant Director Public Relations, Mrs Anwuli Molokwu. On her immediate Right are Assistant Director, Corpers Welfare & Health Services, Mr Ifeanyi EzeajuGhu, Assistant Director Community Development, Mr Ayanda Ayorinde, Assistant Director Skills Acquisition & Entreprenurship, Mrs Loretta Ugwu, and Assistant Director Planning & Research, Mrs Chinyere Obidigbo during the NYSC courtesy visit at Government House Awka

Wife of the Governor of Anambra State, Chief (Mrs) Ebelechukwu Obiano and Director of NYSC Mrs Inyang Bassey Ekpe during the courtesy visit at Government House Awka