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CVL trains 400 youths on entrepreneurship


Pat Odinachi Utomi

As part of effort to address unemployment in the country, Centre For Values in Leadership (CVL) has commenced the training of 100 youths in Warri, Delta State. Founder of CVL, Prof Pat Utomi said: “Warri is the third of four cities where the centre is conducting the training for 400 would-be entrepreneurs in Delta State. Other towns are Ibusa, Agbor and Ozoro. Training has commenced at Ibusa and Agbor.”

He added that the programme was a year-long training in entrepreneurship in the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Programme (YEDP) of CVL.’ He explained that the 100 youths from Warri emerged from a pool of 726 candidates, pointing out that the 400 participants would receive training worth N3.5million per head over the period. Their curriculum will include self mastery, pedagogy of the determined, marketing, entrepreneurship, finance and operations. There would also be free vocational skills training.

Utomi said that participants would go for internship in organisations in Onitsha, Benin and Asaba. They would also deploy the vocational skills developed in their trainings in a community service project to construct prefabricated houses from kits imported into the country. CVL would donate the homes valued at N2 million each to widows and elderly females who have housing challenges.

Under the Programme, CVL would partner several organisations and individuals to teach, mentor and guide the participants. Participants would leave with a starter pack comprising tools of the business in which they are majoring and links to funders.

Utomi said in addition to addressing unemployment, the programme is also expected to ‘combat violent extremism through entrepreneurship, agro- processing and ICT engagement for young people.

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