No fewer than 26 widows in Aba North local government of Abia state have been empowered by a member of National Youth Service Corps, serving in the state, Mr. Adeola Samuel.
They were empowered through training in various skills.
The NYSC Coordinator in the state, Lady Bona Fasakin who made the disclosure 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 expressed delight with the gesture.
She urged NYSC members to transfer skills they learnt in camp to their host community members to improve lives and make the nation better.
Fasakin urged corps members to emulate Adeola Samuel by seeking around them needs of members of their host communities which they can meet.
“Do not waste your service year doing nothing; rather engage yourselves in meaningful ventures that will improve both your life and people around you.
“I am delighted that a few of these Corps members having acquired skills of their choices 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 organized for these widows by Corp member Adeola Samuel.
“He heeded my call, while in camp and has embarked on this life touching project”, she said.
She said the trainees, who were mainly widows have acquired skills in cosmetology, confectionaries making and food processing and weaving and bead art which will definitely take them through life.
Fasakin therefore urged the participants to make good use of the skills in order to assist their families get through life.
Adeola Samuel, the corps member who organized the programmes said he was moved to take up the challenge of helping widows because he does 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 shown skill in producing their own wares.
He expressed hope that the skills they have acquired would help them provide for their families while urging corps members to learn to affect lives positively.
The Transition Committee Chairman, Aba North, Mrs Joy Iwuchukwu said when widows take steps to help themselves; people are moved to help them.
She commended the widows for coming to learn these skills and urged them to the skills to become better and help your families.