Seventy youths are to benefit from the N35 million empowerment grant of the Obi of Onitsha, under the monarch’s Entrepreneurship Development and Skill Acquisition (EDSA) programme for Onitsha youths. The monarch, Igwe Alfred Achebe, announced this on Thursday in Onitsha while presenting certificates of graduation to youths who graduated from skills acquisition centre. He said that with the experience they garnered during their training in various fields, “they can now comfortably fix into the society and fend for themselves.” According to him, the project would keep them busy and prevent them from indulging in the use of illicit drugs and other criminal acts. The monarch, who expressed satisfaction with the completion of this first batch, said that the programme would be a continuous exercise. Mr Ernest Aninweruka, the Senior Special Adviser to Anambra Governor on Financial Institutions, commended Achebe for the initiative and urged other well-meaning individuals to emulate the monarch. The President of Onitsha Ado Youth Council, Mr Patrick Agha-Mba, described EDSA as a youth engagement and empowerment initiative, being coordinated under pragmatic supervision of Achebe. “The aim is to pull the youth of our community into a vision of self-confidence and self-belief in their ability and capabilities. “It is hoped that they will release their innate capabilities and strength, in contributing to the overall interest of the community and the state,” he said.