A member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Kaduna state, Ujueze A Somtoo, has empowered 35 youths in skills acquisition training to make them self-reliant.
The 35 youths, comprising of 11 Almajiri and seven inmates, participated in Somtoo’s empowerment programme on agricultural best practices.
This was in fulfilment of his Community Development Services (CDS) to the people of his host community.
Speaking to the press in Kaduna, on Saturday, shortly after the final phase of the empowerment project, Somtoo said, his desire to help the needy was what drove him to do what he could for the beneficiaries because he believed that little things count.
“As a corps member and in partial fulfilment of my NYSC programme, I engaged in three CDS including Almajiri empowerment project where I empowered 11 boys and 1 other adult in various skills acquisition and also responsible for their feeding within the training period.
“Secondly, I trained about 16 youths on agricultural best practices in such a way that they could see agriculture beyond subsistence level and explore several opportunities available to them to make them job creators in agric value chain.
“I also had the opportunity to empower seven prisoners in skill acquisition and secured the release of one of them who was convicted with an option of fine. In addition to that, I equally made an arrangement for these prisoners on how to apply the skills acquired to produce some things needed in the prison.
“This I believe will help them to become better citizens and prepare them for the outside world after serving their prison terms especially for those that were not convicted for capital offence,” he said.