Asaba - A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Concerned Women and Youth Empowerment in Delta, said it had so far empowered 150 youths in the state.
Tessy Nwaezeapu, the Executive Director of the NGO, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Asaba on Sunday.
She said the youths who were selected from three local government areas (LGAs) of the state were trained in catering, soap-making and pop corn-making.
Nwaezeapu said the youths were from Agbor in Ika North East, and the Sapele and Isoko South LGAs.
"A total of 50 youths each were picked from the local government areas and at the end of the training, some starter-packs were given to them to enable them start their own business,’’ she added.
The executive director said the essence of the training was to reduce unemployment, as well as help check youth restiveness in the state.
She also disclosed that apart from the youth empowerment programmes, the NGO had been organising series of seminars on how to check youth restiveness.
"The NGO has also embarked on an enlightenment campaign on issues relating to women’s health, child protection and capacity-building,’’ the executive director said.
She said further that the organisation had in the last one year been able to empower women in the area of 35 per cent as stipulated by the Women Affirmative Action.
"The essence of empowering the women through the 35 per cent affirmative action was to encourage women in the state to go for elective positions,’’ the executive director said.
Nwaezeapu added that the programme was funded by USAID.