President of Kingsley Byron Foundation, Mr Kingsley Byron Ekpenyong, in a group photo with graduands of skilled training sponsored by the Foundation.

By our reporter

Seven youths in Ibesikpo Asutan local government area, Akwa Ibom State, who were sponsored for different skill trainings by Kingsley Byron Foundation have completed their trainings.

The graduands were presented certificates and starter packs at the graduation ceremony held on Wednesday 27th July in Ikot Akpaetok, Ibesikpo Asutan local government area.

The seven graduands who were the first batch of beneficiaries of the Foundation’s job creation programme underwent a-two year training on aluminum fabrication and hair dressing.

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Chairman on the occasion and Board of Trustee member of Kingsley Byron Foundation, Dr. Offiong Bassey, said the foundation is “trying to build a better future Akwa Ibom children, youth and the less privileged.”

He lauded the President of the Foundation, Mr Kingsley Byron, for the initiative and providing the logistics for the trainees throughout the duration of the programme.

Dr Bassey noted that since 2017 Kingsley Byron Foundation has led and funded many initiatives in areas of education, community electrification, healthcare, youths and widows empowerment aimed at poverty alleviation and community development.

In a goodwill message, Mr Mfon Nseowo commended the Foundation for its humanitarian interventions and lauded Mr Kingsley Byron for giving back to society through the Foundation.

“His (Kingsley Byron) kindness is rare. When he told me to look for youths for the skill training, I was shocked. I’m happy that the trainees took good use of the opportunity”, Mr Nseowo said.

7 youths graduate from skilled training sponsored by Kingsley Byron Foundation Mr Kingsley Byron Ekpenyong presenting a starter pack to one of the graduands.

The trainer and CEO of Enyeodiong Aluminum Enterprise, Mr Enyeodiong Robert, thanked the “Foundation for strict supervision of the trainees and offering them pyscho-social support during the training”.

One of the graduands, Ms Rita Raphael Ekpenyong, thanked the Foundation for the assistance, saying that she was idle after graduation from secondary.

“I’m so happy today, I have graduated and I’m successful. All thanks to God and all thanks to Kingsley Byron Foundation for this opportunity. I selected the skill (hair styling) because it is my passion. The training was helpful”.

At the graduation ceremony, Kingsley Byron Foundation launched a brass band group, Prumil treasure band. The band is a shared facility donated by the Foundation to provide a means of income to about 25 youths in Ibesikpo Asutan.

Meanwhile, the Foundation has inaugurated its Board of Trustees. The Board has Aniekan Okon as Chairman; Barr Bassey Ibok, Secretary;
Dr. Offiong Okon Bassey, Obong Anietie Udoeyop, Idongesit Udoeyop, Mrs Mandu Udeng, Mrs. Akon Michael, Mrs
Queen Ekpenyong, and Mr Inimfon Nseowo as members.

Speaking at the inauguration of the Board, President of the Foundation, Mr Kingsley Byron, urged the Board to live the objective of the Foundation which is “building a better future” for the less privileged.

“The inauguration of the Board signals a new level for the Foundation. The Board of Trustees is expected to harness and execute the dreams of this Foundation as well as bring on new initiatives that will enable the Foundation function properly”.