The Omega Power Ministries, OPM, on Wednesday, disclosed that it have trained 10,000 persons on different vocational skills in the last five years as part of efforts to bridge Nigeria’s unemployment situation.
Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere, Founder of the church, disclosed this while answering questions on the role of the church in national development.
Chinyere stated that, beneficiaries were “trained in furniture, tailoring, scaffolding, pipeline welding, health safety, oil well drilling, argon drilling, generator repair, marine engineering, paint production, pipe fitting, computer and so on.”
Chinyere said the church had also established a skill acquisition centre in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, to train more youths to become self-reliant.
The OPM founder also said that the skill acquisition centre was constructed having considered the high level of unemployment and hunger in the society.
“We started in Abia State with a free hospital and free school, then Rivers, and by the grace of God a lot of less privileged women have been accessing free medical treatment there and also to deliver their babies.
“The skill acquisition centre named after Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers, is a place where we train people – men and women for industries and companies to come and pick them. Our centre is certified by the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
“We have trained over 10,000 youths in the last five years and some have gotten jobs both locally and internationally, while some have been employed to train others,” Chinyere said.
He further said that the skill acquisition centre, unarguably the “biggest” in the country, was constructed and equipped with funds from offering and tithes of the church members.
Chinyere added: “Most of these youths take to crime because of idleness; an idle mind is the devil’s workshop, so we use this avenue to bring them out of crime. We recently recovered from these men and women who are determined to shun evil lifestyles and turn a new leaf, three sophisticated weapons, magazines with ammunition, bulletproof jackets and police uniforms.
“The recovered items have been handed over to the anti-cult squad, while the repented men and women have started their rehabilitation at the skills acquisition centre”.