A Non-governmental organisation By-Us-For-Us (BUFUS) says along with its international partners it has a target to empower 4 million Africans on various skill acquisitions and make them to become job creators instead of job seekers.
The South East Ambassador of BUFUS, Lady Chijindu Ikeji, dropped this hint in Umuahia in a chat with journalists recently, disclosing that 2 million Nigerians would be empowered, stating “Already 1 million people have been empowered in Nigeria”.
In Abia State, Lady Ikeji disclosed that over 400,000 youths would join number, stating that the aim of the empowerment which is free apart from initial registration fee, is to make sure Africans develop and be able to take care of themselves in order to reduce mass exodus of youths to the western world looking for employments.
The areas of empowerment, according to Lady Ikeji, includes training on how to set up and manage small businesses, how to manage Agro businesses, customer relation management, ICT Skills, hospitality among others, adding that apart from training, those trained will be empowered.
“Those doing well on their businesses will be rewarded with gifts and incentives, cash reward, car reward, property reward and scholarship. It will also help them to acquire knowledge on how to prepare internationally accepted business plans,” she said.
However, Lady Ikeji added that one of the challenges facing the NGO is how to ensure that a critical mass of at least 4m Africans benefit from this scheme, expressing optimism that youths will be able to grab the opportunity.
The South East Ambassador called on Abians and the people of South East geo-political zone to embrace the programme and be empowered for the sustainability, visible and acceptable means of livelihood.