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Foundation pledges to support youths with vocational skills acquisition, empowerment programmes



An NGO, Abandingo Abadango Foundation, says it has plans to rescue Nigerian youths from unemployment and joblessness through skills acquisition and empowerment programmes.

The foundation Chairman, Mr Kenny Okotie, made this known at a news conference on Thursday in Lagos.

According to him, currently, Nigerian citizens are experiencing a period of unmitigated sufferings that is posing a critical challenge to many across the nooks and crannies of the country.

“Majority of our unemployed youths and the larger society are experiencing moment of serious uncertainty.

“It has become utterly inevitable for paradigm shift from our usual ways and methods of doing things.

“Toward this end, we shall be exploring and finding solutions to the socioeconomic problems and issues endangering such a gloomy state of affairs in a once prosperous and reasonably well to do society,” he said.

Okotie said that the programme would be executed through provision of vocational skills, skills acquisition, seminars, conferences and workshops.

He urged Nigerian youths to start seeing opportunities in their environments and start channelling their “anger and ultimate frustration into naira, euro and dollars legitimately”.

The foundation chairman said that the country was a land rich in natural resources and manpower, but wallowing in poverty and depravity.

Okotie said that the journey had been tortuous for the past 59 years of nationhood, adding “it is not over until is over”.

He said, “AAF is a vision I have strongly refused to give up, in spite of the debilitating circumstances, and dwindling finances to take care of the immediate logistic issues.”

The chairman, however, urged individuals and corporate organisations to support the foundation in actualising its vision to save and secure future of the teeming unemployment youths. (NAN)


Edited by Olawunmi Ashafa/Olagoke Olatoye

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