Wife of Taraba Governor, Barr. Mrs. Anna Ishaku in partnership with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday presented cheques to over 200 graduands of skills acquisition training of the Entrepreneurship Development Center (EDC) in Taraba.
At the ceremonial presentation of the cheques of N250,000 each to some of the graduands, Mrs. Ishaku congratulated the graduands for making her proud during the training and called on them to go out and make a difference in the society as employers of labour.
While praying for the success of their businesses, Anna told the gathering that her office through her foundation “Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba” has so far trained over 5000 people across the state in skills acquisition training, all aimed at making the people self reliance.
She thanked her financing partners (CBN and Taraba Micro Finance Bank) and the trainers for their support and encouragement, even as she urged the graduands not to misuse the funds but channeled them into businesses to become self reliant and boost the state economy.
Earlier, the programme Director of EDC for the northeast Mr. Idris Bawa commended the wife of the governor for her efforts in training the youths of the state and urged them to put to use the skills they have learnt during the training.
According to him, EDC will continue to support the graduands to access services and funds for their businesses, noting that EDC has so far trained 12,000 people across states in the north east with over 450 trained in Taraba between April and August this year.
In his remarks, representative of the CBN Mr. Nura Boyiga urged the participants to take the loan seriously and encouraged them to form cooperatives and apply with the CBN for onward linkage with commercial banks for easy access to the loans.
One of the beneficiaries who was awarded a cheque of N250,000, Mrs. Deborah Tyopuusu commended the wife of the governor for efforts to reduce poverty and check unemployment among the teeming population of the state, describing her as God sent to the people of the state.
Our correspondent reports that the first batch of graduands were presented with certificates and were encouraged to quickly complete documentation with the Taraba Micro Finance Bank to access the loan facility with interest rate pegged at 9 percent, while another batch is expected to graduate soon.