By Victor Okoye Abuja, Jan. 4, 2022 (NAN)
Tansian University, Umunya, Anambra State in partnership with Chartered Institute of Educational Practitioners UK (CIEPUK) says it has awarded full scholarships to 5,000 repented commercial sex workers and vulnerable young men and women in the country.
Amb. Prof. Marcel Ezenwoye, the National President, CIEPUK who made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday said the beneficiaries were drawn from the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.
“Tansian University, Umunya in Anambra State has awarded full scholarships to 5,000 repented commercial sex workers and vulnerable young men and women from each of the 36 States of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and FCT.
“The beneficiaries, who are profiled and sent by their respective state governments shall undergo three months of intensive training on different crafts and skills after which they would be equipped with relevant resources.
“Beneficiaries shall attend the course in any of the two centres for the northern and southern parts of the nation in batches from Feb. 26.
“The three-month entrepreneurship and skill programme will include training in Shoe Making, Soap Making, Cream Making, Script Writing, Video Editing, Agric Business and Farm Managements.
“Others are: Acting, Online and Social Media Studies,
Cinematography, Furniture Making, Electrical Work, Cottage Industry, Tie & Dye, Laundry, Spice Production, Barbing and Event Management,” he said.
Ezenwoye noted that no fewer than 185, 000 beneficiaries shall graduate within the first phase, adding that the beneficiaries would be provided with free tuition, hostel accommodation, medical cover, insurance and security.
“Tansian University with support from its technical partners Chartered Institute of Educational Practitioners UK shall provide all beneficiaries with free tuition, hostel accommodation, medical cover, insurance, security while their respective state governments provide their feeding to cover the 3 months training programme.
“It is expected that 185,000 beneficiaries shall graduate within this first phase after which they will be in a position to contribute to the Gross Domestic Product from the impact they will create on our National Economy expected to be in the region of ₦200 billion annually apart from the direct and indirect jobs their activities will create,” he said.
The president stressed that the positive social impact from the programme would also be very huge in the areas of reduction on all forms of crime and criminalities as well as promotion of the dignity of the girl child and vulnerable groups in the country.
He added that Tansian University in partnership with its technical partners CIEPUK were poised to continue to bring all round development to the country irrespective of tribe, creed and gender in line with its community development agenda.
He therefore called on all stakeholders and volunteers to come forward to be part of the maiden initiative to bring up the nation in line with international and global best practices.
“It is our very strong belief that the almighty God shall continue to bless us all as we continue to provide direction to the needy and less privileged across the country.” (NAN)