Two hundred youths from Akwa Ibom State have been selected to undergo a one-year training on power sector development at the National Power Training Institute, Abuja, a statement by the state government has said. Addressing the youths before their departure at the Government House in Uyo, the capital, Governor Udom Emmanuel charged them to justify the huge investment on them and make the best out of the training.
Emmanuel was quoted as explaining that the programme, which is designed to equip the trainees with the basic skills involved in power generation, distribution and maintenance, was an initiative of the Federal Government meant for 100 participants per session and that he had decided to increase the number to 200 to open up more opportunities for the youth.
He urged the beneficiaries to embrace the programme with entrepreneurial zeal so as to derive maximum advantage of the training for their self-sustainability, congratulating them on making the list of the first batch of the trainees.
While appreciating the decision of the institute to accommodate additional 100 trainees sponsored by the state government, the governor charged the trainees to take the programme seriously, stating that the power sector is a money-spinner and offers vast employment opportunities.
He also encouraged the beneficiaries to be good ambassadors of the state.