The Ogbakor Etche Monday at Okehi commenced a skills training scheme which is expected to benefit approximately 30 youths drawn from the Etche ethnic nation.
The scheme is being run in conjunction with Shell Petroleum Development Company.
Speaking at the take off of the Scheme, Professor Mekuri Ndimele, Vice Chancellor of the Ajuri University of Education who chaired the event stressed the need for Etche youths to acquire appropriate skills.
He said in addition to acquiring sound education it was necessary for youths to have functional skills.
He commended the Ogbakor Etche for embarking on the skills acquisition scheme and urged the beneficiaries of the scheme to take their vocation seriously.
His Royal Majesty, Eze Samuel Amaechi of the Igboh Kingdom expressed satisfaction that the Ogbakor Etche under the able hand of Machy Nwodim had gone beyond the usual Easter and December Convention to embrace to set out programmes which could change the prospects of youths.
While commending the present crop of Ogbakor Etche leaders. the traditional ruler hoped that the team would stay on in office until April in order to reposition the ethnic nation and midwife the scheme properly.
He advised the youths who have been assembled under the scheme to take it seriously, saying that the Etche people would not tolerate a situation where beneficiaries end up selling their starter packs rather than practicing skills acquired through the training scheme.
The representative of Shell, Dr Ken Nweke said that although Shell had no budget for skills acquisition, it chose to come behind the Ogbakor Etche because of its level of organization.
He assured that Shell would continue to support the Ogbakor Etche because of its interest in developing the capacity of the Etche youth.
President General of Ogbakor Etche, Machy Nwodim thanked Shell and other stakeholders who rallied to ensure that the programme took off the ground.
He announced the establishment of a monitoring team which would ensure that beneficiaries take their training seriously