The Rivers State Employment and Expenditure for Results (SEEFOR) Project has commenced the graduation of its Pre-Skilled Trainees at various training centres in the State.

Speaking at the graduation of the Trainees at the Sam Jaja Ultra Modern Farms Ltd, the Project Coordinator, Mr Kelcious Amos said the training was geared at enhancing the ability of the participants to go into modern farming and be certificated.

The Coordinator, represented by the Project’s Communication Officer, Mrs Carol Matthew, charged the youths “that having acquired requisite knowledge and exposed to modern technology in farming they should go into the society to explore and conquer new grounds in farming”.

Earlier, the Chairman/Managing Director of Sam Jaja Ultra Modern Farms, Chief Sam Accra Jaja appealed to SEEFOR Project that is necessary to provide starter packs for the graduates to enable them start their own farms.

He expressed optimism that if empowered, the trainees are competent to manage their farms and employ others having undergone comprehensive training in the ultra-modern farm.

Speaking on behalf of the graduates, Mr Amadi Emmanuel assured that they would put what they have learnt at the farm into practice and become not only self-employment but also employers of labour.

He thanked the State Government and the SEEFOR Project for the opportunity given to them to enhance their knowledge and acquire certificate.

In a related development, SEEFOR also graduated 20 Welding and Fabrication Trainees for the Pre-Skilled training programme at the Enak Energy.

At the event to mark the graduation of the trainees, the Project Coordinator, Mr Kelcious Amos expressed satisfaction at the training they had acquired, adding that he is optimistic, they would not go back to the streets but would become better individuals to themselves and the society.

Mr Amos who was represented by the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Mr Praise Praise assured them that the certificate they have acquired would distinguish them from their peers.

In his speech the Chairman/Managing Director, Enak Energy, Engr. Emeka Nnadi commended the trainees for their commitment throughout the period of their training and wished them well in their future endeavours.

The highlight of the event was the display of the various projects carried out by the trainings that include: Iron bed, Shelves and Podium.

It would be recalled that earlier in the year, SEEFOR Project embarked on a partnership programme with non-state actors to train youths in various skills under its TVAT sub-component.

Eight hundred (800) trainees were selected to be trained under this arraignment in various skills which include catering and Hospitality, Carpentry and Woodwork, Poultry and Fishery, Welding and Fabrication and Fashion Designing. The trainees were grouped into three months for pre-skilled and six months for unskilled.

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