Okey Ezeh, made us employers of labour – Udensi

The Chairman of the Okechukwu Theodore Ezeh Foundation, Mr. Okey Ezeh, has been commended for setting the pace in human capital development and creation of employment opportunities in Imo State. This commendation was conveyed by the 2011 batch of beneficiaries of the empowerment schemes of the Foundation who came to the Secretariat of the Foundation at New Owerri on Wednesday numbering over five hundred to solidarise with the frontline governor aspirant on the platform of APGA.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Mr. Chijioke Udensi, who described himself as a millionaire tailor and employer of over nine workers, said they would be eternally grateful to Mr. Okey Ezeh for raising them from peril to prosperity. Udensi recalled how life had been for him as an orphan who could barely complete his primary education.
According to him, “When I heard an announcement in early 2011 that a foundation was looking for people that would be trained and certified in various vocations and even given equipment and startup capital I never really believed it could be possible. I had grown up knowing neither my mother nor my father, so I have had firsthand experience of whatever disappointment could mean. So I was initially reluctant about subjecting myself to another disappointment until I opened up to a friend who talked me into attempting once again. I applied and was selected.
“What really made me take the whole exercise to heart was the fact that Mr. Okey Ezeh himself was frequently on ground to supervise our training. He would be at the tailoring section today, tomorrow he would either be at the ICT or the hair dressing section. So we got to realize from the beginning that he meant well for us and so we needed to justify his efforts and his sacrifices by being devoted.
“To cut the long story short, our dreams were realized on December 29, 2011 when Mr. Okey Ezeh handed over everything we needed to start up to us. I got mine and chose to move to Enugu where I had learnt that there was a shortage of tailors. I got an apartment at New Haven and within three years I had trained over twelve tailors and now my workers are about nine. Okey Ezeh has made me an employer, not an employee,” he said.
In his own presentation, Favour Amuka, who said he now owns a JAMB CBT Center courtesy of the Foundation, revealed that what they had come to do was to express their gratitude to Mr. Okey Ezeh and to assure him that they would stand by him in his aspiration to put testimonies as theirs on the lips of Imo people as governor come 2019.
Addressing them, the Director of Planning in the Foundation, Hon. Gozie Nwachukwu charged them to be good ambassadors of the Foundation by reaching out to the needy around them. He said nothing else gives Mr. Okey Ezeh greater fulfillment than to see his people prospering in their various ventures.
It can be recalled that the Okey Ezeh Foundation, which is a flagship institution for youth empowerment, skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development, has also been involved in enriching the discourse on a better Imo State by means of town hall meetings. The ongoing discussion about the feasibility of an Imo State without oil revenues is a tribute to the loftiness of its vision.

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