Interfact Beverages, yesterday, splashed N82 million on 40 youths from South East, Benue, Delta and Edo states to set up their own businesses as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility Investment (CRI).
The first two winners, Ekwueme David and Ezeobi Ositadinma got the highest amount of N10 million each. Others recipients, who included 12 girls got between N1m and N3m each.
Governor Willie Obiano, who graced the occasion, congratulated the beneficiaries; and urged them to utilise the money and the skills they have learnt to ensure that they succeed in areas of investment they have chosen to pursue.
Obiano, lauded the company for its kind gesture towards the youths; and charged other companies in the state to emulate them so as to create more opportunies for the youths.
He said, “this is unique. I commend the company. The company stated production in 2012 and are now the second in the country, producing 2.7 hectoliters”.
Obiano said he was not happy with the company because of what they have done in the past. He said because they are creating more jobs for the youths,and has concluded agreement with Songhai Delta to set up sorghum farm in Igbariam, Abambra East Local Government of the State, which he said, would create at least 2,000 jobs for young people, he became excited.
The chairman of Interfact Hero ‘s Foundation, the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe, said 5, 000 young people applied for the entrepreneurial programme this year as against 1,700 who applied in for it 2016, which was the maiden edition.
He said N50m was, however given out to 24 persons from South East. But this year, said the monarch, the foundation extended the programme to include young people from Benue, Edo and Delta States.
The monarch urged the beneficiaries to redouble their efforts in chasing their dreams, saying; “do not relent, keep pushing. Use today’s lesson to create wealth for yourselves.
He challenged privileged and wealthy people to emulate Interfact and take this back to their respective communities by encouraging youths because they are the leaders of tomorrow.
Alphonsus Nweze, Awka