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Federal Government to Collaborate with University of Calabar on Skills Acquisition and Wealth Creation for Poverty Alleviation - Betta Edu

The commitment of the Federal Government to address poverty and foster wealth creation in the nation has been reinforced through a forthcoming partnership with the University of Calabar. The aim is to equip trainers with skill acquisition-based knowledge, consequently facilitating the redistribution of wealth and mitigation of poverty across the country.

Dr. Betta Edu, the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, conveyed this strategic collaboration during a meeting with the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Professor Florence Obi, and her accompanying delegation. Dr. Edu underlined that her ministry holds the mandate to establish avenues for wealth generation and poverty reduction in Nigeria. She expressed her gratification at the prospect of leveraging the Unical Skill Acquisition and Vocational Center to provide training to numerous youths. This initiative would play a crucial role in diminishing unemployment rates and mitigating social tensions.

The Minister revealed that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is deeply committed to poverty reduction in the country and has issued directives to ensure prompt and effective actions from her ministry. She expressed her enthusiasm about the University of Calabar's Skills Acquisition and Vocational Centre, emphasizing the forthcoming partnership between the government and universities nationwide. This collaboration aims to achieve the socio-economic objectives set forth by the President.

Recollections of her personal journey within the University and its influence on her professional and political trajectory prompted Dr. Edu to acknowledge the pivotal role the institution played in shaping her early leadership experiences. From her position as the Vice President of the Student Union Government (SUG), she acknowledged her deep connection to the University of Calabar, proudly declaring her ambassadorship for the institution on a global scale.

Professor Florence Obi, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, led her delegation to the Minister's office, where they conveyed their congratulations to Dr. Edu for her well-deserved appointment and inauguration as Minister. Professor Obi lauded Dr. Edu's status as a valued alumna of the University and commended President Tinubu for recognizing the capabilities of their alumni by appointing Dr. Edu as a minister and a member of the Federal Executive Council.

The Vice Chancellor highlighted Dr. Edu's influence as a role model within the University community and applauded her achievements as an inspiration to the students. The presence of esteemed individuals from the University's administration and alumni association, including Gabriel Egbe (the University’s registrar), Joseph Udum (the Bursar), and Dr. Dorn Cklaimz Ename (the President of the Unical Alumni Association), reinforced the significance of the collaboration between the Federal Government and the University of Calabar.

In conclusion, the partnership between the Federal Government and the University of Calabar holds the potential to substantially contribute to poverty alleviation and wealth redistribution through skill acquisition and vocational training. This collaborative effort not only reflects the commitment of the government to address the pressing issue of poverty but also recognizes the importance of educational institutions like the University of Calabar in driving meaningful societal change.

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