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Company Empowers 119 Kaduna Residents on Soft Skills Training

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By Abdulwaheed Olayinka Adubi, Kaduna

No fewer than 119 residents of Kaduna state have been empowered by the Nigerian Breweries Plc on soft skills training in 14 vocational areas.

According to the Nigerian Breweries, the beneficiaries were drawn from three communities of Kudenda, Makera and Kakuri respectively on merit.

The graduates were awarded certificates of participation with start-up tools after completion of the 12 weeks training in Kaduna on Thursday.

In his opening remarks during the 2022 NB Plc empowerment programme, the Kaduna Branch Manager, Osasu Oviawe, disclosed that the aim of the empowerment was to give back to the society.

Oviawe however, explained that the empowerment programme initiative drives home the corporate philosophy of the company to support the youth and women on their journey to entrepreneurship, employment generation and financial independence.

“This year, the NB empowerment program was held in 6 locations – Lagos, Abuja, Ota, Kaduna and Awo-Omamma to support a total of 472 women and youths in 20 skill areas with training and provision of start-up tools,” he explained.

Providing background on the initiative, the manager further explained that the empowerment programme started in 2019 with a pilot scheme in Awo-Omamma of Imo state.

“That year, 105 youths selected from the 7 villages that make up the community were trained across 5 skill areas and equipped with start-up tools to commence their journey into entrepreneurship.

“In 2020, the programme was expanded to 5 brewery host communities, namely Ama in Enugu State, Kakuri in Kaduna State, Awo-Omamma in Imo State as well as Ota and Ijebu-Ode in Ogun State. A total of 347 persons benefitted in training and received start-up tools in their relevant fields of training.

“In 2021, the programme impacted 441 youth and women across 20 skill areas in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Kakuri in Kaduna State, Lagos State, Ibadan in Oyo State and Awo-Omamma in Imo State.

“This year, we are graduating 472 youth and women from 6 locations nationwide,” Oviawe said.

The graduating students were trained and acquired skills in the following vocations; Fashion Design and Interior Decoration, Hospitality and catering, Plumbing and Pipe Fitting,

Hairdressing, make up and Gele tying, Perfume and Cosmetology, GSM Repairs.

Others include; Electrical Installation, AC and Refrigerator repairs, Shoe Making, Solar Power and Inverter installation, Web and Mobile Apps creation and Auto Mechanic.

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