Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has performed the ground breaking ceremony of the Dangote Education for Employment (E4E) job centre at Okpuala in Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area of the state.
The pilot project which is to be fully funded by Dangote Group, led by Alhaji Aliko Dangote, is aimed at providing a digital one-stop-shop for job seekers with services that include free employment consultancy.
Speaking at the event, Governor Ikpeazu, who was represented by his deputy, Rt Hon. Ude Oko Chukwu, applauded the Dangote group for selecting Abia State as one of the pioneer states for the corporate social responsibility project.
Dr Ikpeazu pointed out that his administration’s pledge to offer technical and vocational education training to 100, 000 youths in the state had been boosted by the Dangote project.
In his address, the Chairman of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, who was represented by Mr Charles Obera, said the job center project was a demonstration of the commitment of the group towards human capital development in Nigeria and Abia State in particular and urged other corporate organizations, development partners and well-meaning Abians to rally round Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to support his “numerous laudable initiatives” aimed at retraining the youths of the state by sponsoring at least one of the remaining 16 E4E centres planned for other local governments areas of the state.
The State Coordinator of the E4E program, Chief Endi Ezengwa, stated that the setting up of job centers of international standard and the E4E program was a major development initiative conceived and championed by Governor Ikpeazu from day one of his administration.
Also speaking, the Chairman of Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area, Chief Ginger Onwusibe, expressed delight on the choice of the area for the pilot project of the E4E job centre.
Source: Daily Trust