By Raphael Ekpang
Selected entrepreneurs from Bende Federal Constituency on Wednesday December 25, 2019 benefited from the first phase of Proda-Benkalu skills acquisition and empowerments was put together by Project Development Institute (PRODA) of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology in collaboration with the Office of Honourable Benjamin Okezie Kalu, the House of Representatives member representing Bende Federal Constituency, and held at the Agbamuzu Hall, Umuoche, Bende.
The beneficiaries received empowerment items including grinders, sewing machines, clippers, power generating sets, cooking equipment, hair making equipments and deep freezers and were trained to use the items to make a living.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Hon. Kalu charged the beneficiaries to diligently apply the knowledge acquired from the skills acquisition training in their various entrepreneurial endeavours. He commended PRODA for their partnership in the empowerment of hardworking Bende indigenes. He also announced that the second phase of the empowerment program would soon follow and undertook to execute more of such projects in the future.