The Demas Onoliobakpovwa Akpore Foundation has provided free Information and Communication Technology (ICT) training for youths in Orogun, Ughelli North Local Government Area. The over sixty youths were drawn from the Delta Central Senatorial District of the state.
The training which was facilitated by the duo of Foster Akpore and Obruche Akpore was designed to improve the knowledge of the participants in the usage of ICT tools and ensure that they are well equipped with skills that will give them the competitive edge for employment or prepare them to be self employed.
The training which is part of a series of Youth Empowerment Scheme, to be organized across the state is expected to empower the participants for future challenges that they may encounter in the management of their jobs or businesses that they may eventually establish.
For the past five weeks, the participants were trained on packages that include Computer Engineering, Networking, MS Excel, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Publisher and Internet Administration.
The initiative to train the youths is part of the framework of The Demas Onoliobakpovwa Akpore Foundation to eradicate poverty through human capital development. This initiative is therefore one among others to spread ICT awareness among the youths across Delta State and beyond and use it to drive development.
In a related development, the youngest son of the former late Deputy Governor of Bendel State, Capt. (Barr) Newman Demas Akpore who represented the family during the graduation ceremony, said that the Foundation was instituted to uphold the example of the rich pedigree of their father, Demas Onoliobakpovwa Akpore, who lived, upheld and epitomized human capital development.
In his remark, Capt. (Barr) Newman Demas Akpore said that: “this initiative is borne out of our desire to keep and pass on the rich tradition passed down to us by our father; and over the years the Foundation has been massively involved in giving out scholarships to deserving Deltans, but this time around, we decided to undertake this ICT training in order to prepare the youths for future challenges and bridge the yawning gap and desperate need of ICT knowledge in the society, more so, now that JAMB and other examination bodies have introduced Computer Based Test (CBT) in their examinations”.
Captain Newman Akpore charged the youths that the age-long adage that “the youths are the leaders of tomorrow” is no longer valid, but that they are indeed the leaders of today. He encouraged them to dream big dreams and work towards actualizing their dreams because the sky is no longer their limit. He told the story of how as a young boy, whenever he saw a plane in the sky, he would point at it and say to himself that he will not only enter the plane someday, but also to fly the plane. He pointed out with relish to the excited youths that today he can pilot planes.
Continuing, he said that with the present reality of this generation-X one can’t do anything without the computer; that Nursery Schools abroad use the computer to work. He decried that present situation where the youths don’t have access to computers, but that it’s time to move forward in our community and the world.
Concluding his speech, the retired United States Army Captain told the people of Orogun and Deltans in general that as 2015 is around the corner that our collective destiny is in our own hands; that we should make the right choices, take the right decisions and be wary of those people who don’t mean well for the community whose only stock-in-trade is to come out to use Orogun to trade. He promised the people that with their support they should expect more from him; that the programme will continue every six months and that he has a vision of citing ICT Centres with internet access across selected communities if he gets into the House of Assembly.
On his part, Rev. James Awero whose facility, Kozmic Education Resource Centre, Orogun was used for the training also remarked that: “I was privileged to watch the participants during the training session and noticed their joy and desire to improve themselves by acquiring the knowledge of ICT, which in turn will serve as a stepping stone in furthering their knowledge in the subject. I appreciate the efforts of Captain (Barr) Newman Demas Akpore who sponsored this programme on behalf of the Demas Onoliobakpovwa Akpore Foundation-a foundation dedicated to the memory of Late Chief Demas Akpore who brought light to Orogun Clan and sanctified his life for the creation of Delta State.”
In his remark of appreciation, Akwara Oghenekaro God’sfavour, a beneficiary of the programme said that “I sincerely appreciate the effort of Capt. (Barr.) Newman Demas Akpore for sponsoring this Orogun Youth Empowerment Scheme free ICT training. My appreciation also goes to the facilitators of the programme in the person of Mr. Foster Akpore and Mr. Obruche Akpore for their interesting facilitation. It is my hope that more of this initiatives will be brought to our community so that more people can benefit.”
Dignitaries who graced the graduation ceremony include: Rev. James Awero, Mr. Orogun, Labour Party Chairman, Orogun Ward 1 and his Vice, Chief Akoro, Henry Akwa, Mr. Dogood Akpore, Foster Akpore, Obruche Akpore among others.
The high point of the training programme was the presentation of certificates to the participants.