A member of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Ujueze Somtoo, has empowered 35 youths in skills acquisition to make them self-reliant.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the corps member trained 11 Almajiris and one adult, 16 youths trained in agricultural best practices and seven prisoners, all within Kaduna metropolis.
Mr Somtoo, a law graduate from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, who hails from Azia in Anambra state was deployed to Kaduna and subsequently posted to a law firm, Abdulahi Ibrahim & Co., Kaduna North local Government Area of the state.
Speaking to journalists in Kaduna on Saturday shortly after the final phase of the empowerment project, Mr Somtoo said his passion to help the needy pushed him to do what he did for the beneficiaries.
According to him, as a corps member and in partial fulfilment of my NYSC programme, I engaged in three CDS including Almajiris empowerment project.
“I have empowered 11 boys and one 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 skills 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.
According to her, my objective in empowering all these people, who are not related to me in any way; I have developed passion for Nigerian youths and children irrespective of religion, sex and ethnicity.
“Seeing a youth without any means of income is a concern to me.
“Also, seeing children begging in major and back streets touches me greatly when they can actually do something better to improve their standard of living and those around them.
“This is why with few sponsors I had, we were able to add value to some people’s life,” she said.