Utin Destiny Achievers Foundation, a non-governmental organization based in Lagos State has empowered no fewer than 100 indigent residents in the state.
The beneficiaries acquired multiple skills during the vocational training that lasted four days.
The Chief Executive Officer and pastor of Life Transformation Pentecostal Ministry, Egbeda, Peter Utin, said his passion to liberate the people from poverty compelled him to embark on the programme.
He said: “When I looked what the people are going through in the society, I had a burden in my heart to come out and assist them and that is what you are seeing us doing. I went through hard times in life and I don’t want others in that condition to continue in that circumstances. We want to put smiles on the faces of the people not only for today but for a lifetime.
“We don’t have the vision of empowering our members alone because it would amount to selfishness which is unacceptable to God. We have a mandate to empower people across the country without minding their religious affiliations. There are so many Muslims among the people we empowered and we always make sure that everybody gets equal treatment because that is what God has called us to do.
“We pasted posters across different local government areas and people that were interested applied for it and I was surprised that people came all the way from Ikorodu to participate in the programme. We had to provide accommodation for such participants all through the period the programme took place to save them the stress and cost of going and coming from their distant places of resident.”
He added: “Aside from training them in various skills, we are also giving them seed capital to start their businesses. It is not enough to train people without giving them the financial support to take off. After giving them the financial assistance, we would be monitoring them to make sure that they did not divert the money into other things. When we see the progress they are making, we would give them additional funds to enlarge their businesses. We don’t have financial backing from anywhere.
“This is not one of the programmes that are organized annually. It is going to be either monthly or every two months because of our vision to empower huge number of indigent members of the society. We are planning to organize one for police officers’ wives in Lagos State between now and January. We are going to be organizing the programme across the 36 states in the country including the Federal Capital Territory FCT.”
The beneficiaries expressed profound gratitude to the organization for deeming it fit to assist the less privilege in the society.
“I am highly elated by the kind gesture of the church. It is heartwarming that they are spending their time and resources in helping people like us who have no hope of getting assistance from anywhere,” Mary, a participant said.
Source: The Nation Nigeria