Yemisi Suswam, former Benue first lady, calls for youths empowerment

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A former first lady of Benue state, Arc. Yemisi D. Suswam, on Thursday called on well meaning Nigerians to support the youths as well as her SEV-AV Foundation.


Making this plea while delivering her keynote address at the graduation ceremony of the 10th Batch of graduands of Sev-Av Foundation in Makurdi, the former first lady who is the founder of the Foundation urged them to arise to the challenges for individual economic growth and societal growth at large.

Suswam,  cheering some attendees

Suswam, cheering some attendees

Mrs Suswam said: “To our successful graduates from the various department of computer training, fashion designing and catering, I want to congratulate you on behalf of my humble self , my dear husband and the Board of Trustees members.



“My advice for you is to take the training you have acquired very seriously, make full proof of it, put it to good use and you will make good success.”



Furthermore, the former lady said, for every Nigerian, this is the time to look inward and take advantage of what we can do with our hands, new initiatives and strategies with local contents and thanked the invited guests and supporters for gracing the occasion.

Tsav and Orhii

Tsav and Orhii

Speaking further, the former first lady said, “At Sev-Av foundation, our resolve to carry on this non-profitable, non-governmental and non-partisan intervention in the society is unwavering, our determination is indestructible regardless of the challenges we face on daily basis.”

Also speaking, the chairman of the occasion, a former Commissioner of police and anti corruption czar, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, thanked the former first lady for being generous and gracious in maintaining the foundation even after she left office.



He went further and said,” a caring mother and faithful wife doesn’t belong to the kitchen”

Alhaji Tsav advised youths to discard antisocial behaviour and enrol for the skills acquisition to become self reliant and useful to the society. He also promised to continuously support the foundation.


Also speaking, the Chairlady of the occasion, Professor Mrs Charity Angya, who was represented by Dr Mrs Becky Alyegba, said she is proud of and appreciative of the laudable achievements of the former first lady, Arc. Dooshima Suswam and her husband, Dr Gabriel Torwua Suswam.


She went on and said, ” you and your husband have all written your names in the sands of time that shall be difficult to erase but can only be copied.

To the graduands, she urged them to put their skills to useful venture so as to better their lots as people with skills are now earning more than civil servants.


The guest speaker of the occasion, Dr Paul Botwev Orhii, a former DG of NAFDAC, praised the former first lady for empowering the graduands to become fishermen themselves instead of giving them fish.

Dr Orhii went on to eulogized the former first lady for putting up the foundation which in turn has trained the graduands in the art of processing Agricultural products into finished goods of international standard, approved by NAFDAC and donated computer sets and books he authored to graduands.

Also speaking at the occasion was the former Minister of Interior, Comrade Patrick Abba Moro, who thanked Alhaji Abubakar Tsav for always standing by truth and against evil.


He went further to state that the uniqueness of the foundation’s programme prompted his desire to support the former first family which has been his endearing feature to always grace the occasion whenever invitation is extended to him.

Those that attended the occasion included, the former governor of the state, Dr Gabriel Torwua Suswam, Dr Paul Orhii, Prof. Mvendaga Jibo, Comrade Patrick Abba Moro, Hon. Terkaa Ucha, Hon. Terseer Adzuu, Kenneth Iyo, Richard Gbande, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, the state Chairman of PDP, Sir John Ngbede, and many others.

The colourful event which was held at SEV-AV Foundation Headquarters, Makurdi had hundreds of youths graduated and empowered from the skills acquisition centre of the foundation.

At the venue of the occasion, products produced by the graduands/trainees were displayed by the trainees

The venue of the occasion was filled to capacity with fans and supporters of the former first family. The vehicular movement of vehicles going through the Makurdi – Aliade road became a snail speed as a result of inadequate space for vehicles of guests and supporters of the former first family.

Items were donated to the graduands by the management of SEV-AV foundation to enable them start up on their own.