Five hundred and twenty physically challenged persons have benefitted from an entrepreneurial training programme organized by the constituency office of Senator representing Akwa Ibom North-East, Obong Bassey Albert(OBA).
The training which was coordinated by the Border Community Development Agency (BCDA), began on Sunday 13th and was concluded on Wednesday 16th December 2020, in Uyo.
The programme covered areas like Information Communication Technology (ICT), shoemaking, production of detergents, and other skills set and drew participants across the state, who in the last two years had submitted requests for such opportunities at the Senator’s Liaison Office.
Addressing the participants, Senator Albert, represented by his aide, Dr. Unyime Okon, said the training was geared towards giving the physically challenged opportunities to position themselves adequately in the face of the present economic realities of the Nation, which he described as critically constrained due to the covid-19 pandemic and the recent recession.
Albert also noted that asides from his scholarship programme, which 381 undergraduates are benefitting from, he has been able to empower more than 5,000 Youths and Women through various training programs, since his return to the Senate in 2019.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Asuquo Umoren, thanked Senator Albert for initiating the programme, which he said has motivated them to embrace entrepreneurial skills that would enable them to be self-sufficient.
To improve the condition of the physically challenged, wheelchairs, crutches, hearing-aid, android phones, and other numerous items were distributed to the participants based on the assessment of their respective needs, as well as financial aid to enable them to start a business of choice. Bags of rice were also distributed to the participants as gifts for the yuletide.
In her remarks, the representative of BCDA, Mrs. Lilian Elechi, praised Senator Albert for adopting a bottom-to-top approach for the programme, and urged other lawmakers to develop a similar framework to ensure people at the grassroots are also captured in programs of such magnitude.