Sunday , June 16 2024

Sanwo-Olu to youths: Maximize benefits of vacation trainings, empowerment

Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo Olu on called on youths in the state to take full advantage of various on going free vocational and  entrepreneurship skills development  programmes   to develop themselves and become  relevant in the  nation’s  economic redevelopment plans and the  21st century global  digital economy.  

The governor, who gave the advice  at the Agency for Mass Education’s  vocational graduation ceremony for 119 trainees of Igbo Oluwo Vocational Training Centre, Ikorodu, noted that it is important that  youths in the State should maximise the benefits of various free vocational training and entrepreneurship skills development programmes provided by his administration to learn a skill that would   make their services essential and enable them to contribute their quota to the on going economic redevelopment plans, rather than waiting endlessly for a white collar job.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, who was represented at the event by the Special Adviser on Education, Barrister Tokunbo Wahab,  noted that various  empowerment programmes embarked upon by his administration  targeted at youths were aimed at giving them  opportunity  to develop their potentials while they use their newly acquired   skills  to change their economic fortune and contribute to the economic  growth of the society.

” Fundamentally, our various free vocational  and entrepreneurship skills development programmes are aimed at developing the potentials of our youths to make them  relevant in the 21st century global  digital economy and make them employers of labour rather than job seekers while they  contribute  to the  on going national economic redevelopment plans, this we believe as a Government will address this issue of youth  restiveness, reduce crimes and other vices capable of undermining  development efforts across the country,” Sanwo Olu stated.

While congratulating the 119 trainees of  Igbo Oluwo Vocational Centre, the governor disclosed that a total of seven hundred and three trainees  have successfully completed their Vocational Competency  Development  Training Programmes  across the seven Vocational Centres in  State. He  urged  them to let their newly acquired skills impact positively on the  economy of the State and the nation at large.

He added  that plans were on ground for beneficiaries of various entrepreneurship skills and Vocational programmes who meet government requirements  to  be assisted through the Lagos State Employment Trust Funds to secure start- up capitals for  their businesses, urging other  people who are still roaming around to seize the advantage of free vocational training to register for a particular programme in their neighbourhood and become entrepreneurs.
Earlier in her welcome address, Director, Agency for Mass Education in the State, Mrs Oluwakemi Kalesanwo noted that the free training had remained an avenue for addressing the issue of poverty in the society, adding that some of the beneficiaries who were fast learners had started making money right from the vocational school with their newly acquired skills.

About Ayinla Muritala

Agbede is a seasoned Journalist with more than a decade experience as the fourth estate of the realm. He is a graduate of Mass Communication from the Univeristy of Ilorin and currently freelance with few of the Nigerian Dailies.

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