The Guards Brigade Garrison of Guards Brigade, Nigerian Army, in conjunction with the Brigadier General Solomon Giwa-Amu Skill Acquisition Foundation on Friday graduated a total of 106 trainees who benefitted from a two weeks youth empowerment programme at Mambilla Barracks with the Commander, Guards Brigade, Brig Gen Mohammed Takuti Usman urging the youths to use the training as a springboard to better their future.
The youths who were trained in four different empowerment programmes were divided into Make-Up group; Tailoring/Fashion group, Kane/Wickering group and Baking group were drawn from the Yar’adua barracks, Lungi barracks, Mambilla barracks and the CBA barracks.
Speaking at the event, Lt. Colonel Onoja Joshua Okwoli, the Commanding Officer, Guards Brigade Garrison who represented Brig Gen Usman expressed joy at the quality of the products and items produced by the graduates after the training including Cakes, head gears for women, hamper materials and others noting that arrangements had been made for them to go on 6 months attachment with reputable entrepreneurs in similar fields for practical’s, free of charge.
Similarly, Lt. Col Okwoli disclosed that with the youth empowerment programme completed, the Garrison was looking at commencing another empowerment programme for women in the barracks, especially widows, this time around, teaching them fish farming in conjunction with the foundation.
To the grandaunts, he said, “Teach a man/woman how to fish and you are preparing him to take care of himself and family for life rather than giving him #5,000 or #10,000 which doesn’t last. So this handwork you have learnt if properly applied will come in handy in taking care of your family for life. Whatever assistance you get from here today, do not go and sell it because you may be selling your future. It might be rough from the beginning but in time you will blossom”.
He later presented awards to grandaunts who emerged best designers in cake making, tailoring, kane and wickering as well as make up groups