The Peace Initiative Network based in New York, has empowered 66 Egba male and female artisans, at the Ake Palace.
The empowerment covered vulcanizers, hair dressers, barbers, fashion designers, battery chargers and pepper grinders, welders, among others.
The Founder and Project Coordinator of the Peace Initiative Network, Dr Michael Femi Sodipo, told the Newsflagship that the Peace Initiative Network, had started this programme for some years now, with beneficiaries in Kano, Jos and Abeokuta.
He disclosed that his mission was to make the youth and virile population to be gainfully employed, in order to achieve domestic and family peace, which he pointed out would foster national peace.
Dr Femi Sodipo also disclosed that arrangements had been completed for close monitoring of all the beneficiaries through monthly meetings and visits by officials of the Project to make the system enduring.
He said that the NGO had added training and retraining of beneficiaries to make them more efficient in their trade.
Speaking on behalf of the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Baagbimo Akanni Akinwale, commended Dr Femi Sodipo for giving back to the society in a manner that would eliminate poverty.
Baagbimo Akanni Akinwale said that the Alake and the Egba Nation appreciated Dr Sodipo’s projection that there would be peace if there was enough for everybody’s needs as against everybody’s greed.
The Baagbimo therefore appealed to the beneficiaries to judiciously use the equipment to improve their lives those of the Egba communities.
Dr Sodipo commended the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo for encouraging him as well as granting him free hand to empower Egba Youths.
He added that the Egba Apex Monarch had also been adding values directly to the Initiative Network Empowerment.
The Founder and Coordinator also strongly advised the 66 Beneficiaries not sell the equipment but to profitably make use of them to enhance their families’ economic needs.
He recalled that some of the 50 beneficiaries of last year in Abeokuta, sold the equipment, instead of using them to make more money.
Egba High Chiefs at the occasion were Bantun Kehinde Sofenwa and Baaroyin Layi Labode