A member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), serving in Abia, Mr Adeola Samuel, has empowered 26 widows in Aba North by training them in various skills, Lady Bona Fasakin, said.
Fasakin, Abia NYSC Coordinator, disclosed this during the closing ceremony of skills acquisition training programme for 26 widows in Aba North by Corp member Adeola Samuel (AB/19C/0750) serving in Abia.
She urged NYSC members to transfer skills they learnt in camp to members of their host communities, to improve lives and make the nation better.
“Do not waste your service year doing nothing, rather engage yourselves in a meaningful venture that will improve both your life and that of people around you.
“I am delighted that a few of these Corps members having acquired their choice of skills have gone ahead to transfer the skills learnt to people within their host communities.
“I am happy to be at this event, which is the personal community development service project and skills acquisition training programme organised for these widows by Corp member Adeola Samuel.
“He heeded my call, while in camp and has embarked on this life touching project,” he said.
She said the trainees, who were mainly widows had acquired skills in cosmetology, making confectioneries and food processing as well as weaving and bead art, which will definitely assist them through life.
Fasakin, therefore, urged the participants to make good use of the skills, to assist their families to get through life.
Adeola Samuel, the corps member, who organised the programmes said he was moved to take up the challenge of helping widows because he did not like seeing people suffer.
He expressed joy at the rate at which the participants in the programme responded and took it seriously and had also started producing their own wares.
He expressed hope that the skills they acquired would help them provide for their families and urged other corps members to learn to touch lives.
The Transition Committee Chairman, Aba North, Mrs Joy Iwuchukwu, said when widows take steps to help themselves, people would be moved to help them.
She commended the widows for coming to learn these skills and urged them to use the skills to become better and help your families.
Mrs Olayide Kayode and Mrs Precious Igwe, some of the widows resident in Aba, expressed happiness with the project, which had given them the knowledge to earn some more money for the upkeep of their families.
They prayed to God to bless the Corps member for the gesture and promised to use the skills to improve the lives of their families.