By Greg Obioha
A renowned Philanthropist, humanitarian and woman & Youths rights Campaigner, Princess Calista Anene-Ahmed who was appointed by Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma as his Senior Special Assistant on Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs has sent shock wave down the spine of practicing politicians in the state with apparent twist and new dimension she introduced to imo state politics , following her decision to continue with numerous empowerment and skill acquisition programs she initiated while in office despite the dissolution of the body of SAs and SSAs which she was part of.
Princess Anene-Ahmed ,who shortly after the dissolution of the Imo State expanded Executive Council,through her Social Media handle, sent out appreciation message to Governor Uzodimma for finding her worthy to serve and announced that various skill Acquisition and Empowerment programs initiated by her that were on course before their dissolution will continue alongside new programs due to be unfolded soon,also called for more support the Uzodimma led Shared prosperity government.
Speaking to newsmen penultimate Weekend in her former Office, Princess Anene-Ahmed said that she saw her appointment as a platform to assist the Governor and furthering the cause of humanitarian and philanthropic works she has been doing for decades and vowed that their dissolution would not stop her Establishment of Empowerment Resource Centre in Imo state ,ICT training and skill acquisition billed to take place from Thursday this week until Third week of July 2021 because they were already on course before their dissolution
She revealed that her resolve to carry on with the laudable programs was because of her genuine loyalty and support for Governor Uzodimma and his 3R Shared Prosperity government which is expected of her to prove through action and words as exemplified by those programs.
It was a beehive of activities penultimate Saturday at her former Office located at former Ministry of Works, Okigwe road Secretariat where a multitude of young University graduates of Imo State origin gathered for a job fair and selection process for twenty one slots employment position she attracted from one of the major digital television stations in the Country. According Anene, who introduced the Area Manager of Startime Organization who was busy interviewing the prospective employees, revealed that despite their dissolution, she still went ahead to gather the job seekers in a bid to facilitate 21 slots to fill the vacant positions in the Organization. She said that she was able to do that because of her principal’s priority and good will ,which she believe was needed to be harnessed in the areas of employment and employment generation for teeming unemployed imo youths.
She further stated that prior to the dissolution of the expanded Executive Council, that her office had initiated and distributed forms for free ICT training and other skill acquisition programs like tailoring, printing, publishing, manufacturing of perfume, soaps, detergents and several others which were billed to hold soon. She however shocked her listeners when he said that those programs will continue under her present status as a private Citizen.
Meanwhile the successful applicants for the 21 job slots in the digital television had since Monday gone to Enugu for other formalities to ratify their absorption in the Organization as full flage Staff.
It could be recalled that Princess Calista Anene-Ahmed the icon of Humantrian services and founder of Amede Ajie Foundation for Women and Youths had since her meritorious appointment as the Senior Special Assistant to the Executive Governor of Imo State initiated several programs which were funded by her. it is a big surprise not to a few that she has reaffirmed continuation of the programs without interruption because she had promised to contribute in fighting unemployment and idleness amongst the teeming young population in the state.