No fewer than one hundred youths have received cash empowerment of two hundred thousand naira each from Auto Spare Parts and Machinery Dealers Association, Trade Fair Complex in Lagos.
The empowerment was part of activities to mark the fifth Anniversary celebration of Ekwusigo Geopolitical zone of the association.
ABS Lagos Bureau Correspondent Jane Joshua who covered the event reports that the President of the Auto Spare Parts and Machinery Dealers Association, Sir Sunny Igboanuzue who expressed gratitude to God and those who contributed to the peace and achievements of the association, said that the youth empowerment program was aimed at reshaping the mindset of youths, to reduce the burden of crime and social vices in the society.
Assuring the association’s continual support to its members, the Chairman of Ekwusigo Geopolitical zone in the market Mr. Callistus Okeke and the Secretary of the association Mr. Chukwuemeka Eloka said that the beneficiaries of the take-off capital will be trained, adequately engaged and assisted in setting up new businesses.
In his remark, the Chairman Alaba International Electronics Market Lagos, Evangelist Paulinus Ugochukwu expressed worry over the negative effect of the coronavirus pandemic on businesses and thanked the association for the kind gesture to its members and called on wealthy business men to support youth empowerment in the society.
Beneficiaries including Mr. Igwe Agwu and Mr. Fatai Agbaje who said their joy knew no bounds, assured judicious use of the fund.
They drew the attention of the federal and Lagos state governments to the dilapidated roads and lack of electricity in the market.
Presentation of awards to Sir Emeka Offor, Chief Innoson Chukwuma, Chief Cletus Ibeto, Dr. Anthony Ughagwu, Chief Ages Okeke, and cutting of cake featured during the event.