The National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) has created jobs for over 372 persons through various skills acquisition programme as a component of 2017 AFAC Expo activities to add value to life of Nigerians.

The director general, NCAC, Otunba Segun Runsewe, explained that as a contribution towards the change Mantra of the present administration, with specific emphasis on job creation and economic empowerment of the masses, they had an intensive training of participants in various skills such as; waste to wealth, e-marketing of arts and crafts product, skills acquisition for school children, Ankara shoe/bag, liquid soap making, paper art, rags to rug and so many more.

Speaking at the presentation of certificates to trainees of the free skills acquisition programme, Runsewe encouraged the participants to use  the skills they have acquired as a viable tool to enrich their lives and contribute to the development of the nation’s economy. “The council has gone ahead to package more sensitisation for all the recipients so that they can take their businesses to another level through knowledge sharing on how you can start business with little or nothing/how to access loans/e-marketing of products”.

Earlier, Chiemelie Ebele, participant, said a friend invited her for the programme at NCAC, though she did not know what the programme was all about until she got there. “Thank God that I went there. I registered for Ankara Crafts, make-up and e-marketing. I ended up attending all the sessions including those I registered for. The training has helped me believe more in myself. Now, I can comfortable say I have a running business with a business name. I have my own company and have several clients and I am doing well, most times I employ the services of my neighbours to meet customers’ deadline”.

Another participant, Chidi Okome, shared an inspiring success story of how the training greatly transformed him and made him a crafts teacher to nine schools in Abuja and three others in Kaduna. He said he was grateful for the opportunity to be part of the programme, “I was really amazed with the ease which our instructors skillfully passed on the knowledge. The skills will empower Nigerians towards self-employment and to a noticeable extent, it tends to create room for wealth”.