By Africa Today
In an effort to reduce the unemployment rate in Cross River, Lafarge International in collaboration with CUSO International on Friday presented starter packs in support of youths trained in agricultural business.
50 youths were qualified for the grants out of 200 youths that registered for the programme.
Speaking with journalist at the event which was held at Transcorp Hotel Calabar, the Country representative of CUSO, Ebrima Sonko, said the objection of the partnership is to support the youths in particular to enable them to be gainfully employed.
Ebrima stated that the essence is to promote peace in the region and stimulate development in the community.
He maintained that the 50 youths were selected after weeks of intense training and test as well as feasible business plans.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Folasade Ambrose, the Director of Communications and Public Relations while congratulating the beneficiaries also urged them to judiciously utilized what they have gotten so as to impact positive on their lives and the society.
Some of the traditional rulers and youths from Akamkpa Local Government Area who spoke with Journalists expressed happiness over the event, noting that Akamkpa being the host area of Lafarge has benefited from some of the projects of the company immensely.
The event which was attended by some government agencies and parastatals, was also graced by royals fathers.
Recalled, that Lafarge is a cement conglomerate operating in Akamkpa Local government of Cross River State.