The N100million youths empowerment initiative by the Owan West local government has been launched at Sabongidda Ora , the council headquarters, with a call on other local councils in Edo state to borrow a leaf.
Known as the Owan West Foundation it is conceptualised to raise one hundred million Naira in the next three years to ensure a flourishing future for the Owan youths of age 18 and 40 years.
The project is to be funded with financial contributions of N5,000 by every working sons and daughters of the local government while the Council will contribute 1% of it’s monthly allocation to the Fund.
Edo state deputy governor, Mr Philip Shuaibu who urged others to copy Owan West said the initiative of the Council Chairman, Mr Frank Ilaboya is a welcome development because it is designed to give the youths proper place and attention.
According to him the initiative falls in line with the Governor Godwin Obaseki led administration vision to Make Edo State Great Again.
“What the Owan West Chairman has done today is one of the biggest investments in human capital development and I commend him for coming up with this brilliant initiative”.
Chairman of the occasion, Dr. Godwin Ehigiamosoe, said, “I am happy to be part of this great initiative. This is the only way to go. We must all join hands to secure the future of our youths”.
He said, “For me, I am always available to join forces with any action targeted at poverty alleviation and this Foundation resonates with my vision. Owan West Chairman, Hon Frank Ilaboya, deserves all the support for the scheme to succeed. That is where we come in”.
In his remarks, Ilaboya, said, ” A new and flourishing future beckon for our youths…A future where an Owan West youth will be the envy of his colleagues all over the nation”
He said the plan is to have the first set of beneficiaries by the end of the first quarter in 2021 adding four (4) categories of beneficiaries will be captured in the scheme.
He listed them as graduates without learned skills, graduates with learned skills, those still in school and those who couldn’t make it to school but have acquired skills.
“Our emphasis has been on human capital development. And like our Wake ‘n’ See Governor said during a seminar for a better Local Government Administration last week, the best development is human capital development, and this has been our forte.”
He used the medium to thank the Chairman of the occasion, the Trustees, Brand Ambassadors and all who contributed in one way or the other towards the Foundation and assured them that their sacrifices will be told for a very long time.”
High point of the ceremony was the distribution of the Foundation’s forms to prospective beneficiaries by the representative of Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon Shaibu.