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Professionals move to enhance economic growth

By on May 18, 2015

The League of Abiriba Professionals says it is committed to enhancing economic growth across the country, especially in Abia State.

As a result, the group said it was planning to invest N60m to build a skill acquisition centre in Abiriba, Abia State, to empower young people and create more entrepreneurs in the country.

The President, LeAP, Mr. Chidi Anya, in a statement, described the organisation as a group of Abiriba people who had come together to champion courses for the development of Abiriba, Abia State and also to add value to one another.

He said organisations including First Bank of Nigeria Plc, Soulmate Industries Ltd, ET Brown Limited had over the years supported the group.

“We are planning a skill acquisition centre that would cost close to N60m. As an organisation which is private sector-driven, we hope that our friends and well-wishers will support this initiative.”

The president said, “For me, this is something that is important because a skill acquisition centre will empower young people and create entrepreneurs. Because when they can earn a living, they are more useful to the community and also there is sense of self-worth.

He listed some of the skills that would be imparted to participants at the centre as carpentry, mechanism, blacksmith, tailoring and plumbing.

“The idea is that we want to empower our community. Some of us who built our houses discovered that good handymen were not many in Abiriba. So the idea is to empower a lot more people to be able to do the necessary. Ultimately, someone who has a skill gets paid for it and is more useful to the community.

“What we seek to do is to build a strong community where there is a lot of economic activity such that people would not have to troop to the city. For instance, First Bank who has partnered with us consistently has seen the benefit of partnering with us. They see that we implement the values they share,” he said.

According to him, the project can be completed within 24 months, if all the funding required is in place.

“The primary thing is to get funding. We are talking to a number of our corporate sponsors that are committed