The beneficiaries, who were trained in different skills under the programme, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Umuahia that SURE-P had given them hope for survival.
One of them, Mrs Rhema Uche, said the skill acquisition programme organised by SURE-P in conjunction with the Abia Government would address youth unemployment in the country.
“This programme has really helped me to find my bearing in life,’’ she said, adding that life was becoming meaningless to her four years after obtaining a National Diploma without a job.
Another beneficiary, John Chiemelam, who was trained in soap and pomade making and other chemical and allied applications, said that the programme would help the youth to contribute meaningfully to the nation’s development.
Chiemelam expressed optimism that he would establish a business in his area of training to transform his life.
Mrs Bridget Emenike, trained in sewing and fashion design, said that she was initially skeptical about the programme, but added that she realised later that if she participated, it would change her life for the better.
“I want to thank the Federal and State Governments for this gesture. They have shown that they care for the masses.
“If government was performing like this in the past, many Nigerians will not have been so impoverished,’’ she said.
NAN reports the that 400 people trained in various skills for six-month, had earlier received equipment and N30,000 grant each, to enable them to start their businesses. (NAN)