A total of 157 beneficiaries graduated from the skills acquisition program organized by Sev_av Foundation in Benue State. Skills acquired ranged from Fashion Designing, Beauty Enhancement Therapy, Information and Communication Technology, Catering and Spice Making and Knitting and Beading while those who performed exceptional in the training received startup kits ranging from sewing machines, gas cookers, desktop computers, grinding machines and knitting equipments.
Addressing graduands at the 12th graduation ceremony held on 23rd November at the foundation complex in makurdi, founder of Sev_av foundation and wife of former governor of Benue State Arc Mrs Dooshima Suswam noted the aim of her pet project which is focused on providing human capacity building in terms of stills training and empowerment for the less privileged women and youths in the society, support to the vulnerable, reducing the impact of HIV/AIDS as well as processing a variety of agricultural products. This time around she said trainees were mostly youths from tertiary institution who were unable to get white collar jobs.
She said her pet project was born out of her desire to assist the less privileged and downtrodden and therefore urged the beneficials to replicate what they have learned for the growth of themselves as well as the state.
Due to the high level of poverty in the country, Mrs Suswam advised families to sought for alternative sources of income.
While applauding Mrs Suswam for the consistency of her pet project which has transformed families for the past twelve years, Benue State governor Samuel Ortom in a representative capacity promised to look into ways of assisting the foundation in its quest to touch lives.
On his part, former governor of Benue State and husband to the founder of Sev_av Foundation, Rt Hon Gabriel Suswam commended his wife for her philanthropic gesture noting that her goodwill would never be forgotten.
On the part of the youths, Rt Hon Suswam who is presently the senator representing Benue North _East senatorial District Of Benue State He advised the youths on the need to endulge in meaningful ventures instead of been terrors to the nation while urging them to take advantage of the abundant resources in Benue State to better their lives.
The elaborate graduation ceremony had in attendance top government functionaries, the academia, the clergy and other members of the public.
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