Ogun gov, Abiodun sets to revive skill acquisition centers

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Olasunkanmi Akinlotan

Ogun state government through the Special Assistant on Youth matters, Com. Lamide Lawal, has commenced plans to building and rebuild skill acquisition centers meant to better the lots of young people in Ogun state in the face of the roaring unemployment in the country.

The Special Assistant on Youths matters stated this during an on the spot assessment of an abandoned skill acquisition center in Abeokuta on Wednesday.

Lawal who identified skill acquisition as an important option for the present Nigeria society mentioned that the present administration is committed to training youths and as well prepare them for leadership roles.

The Governor’s aide on Youths however, lamented the unwilling attitude of the Nigerian youths to learning skills even in the face of the roaring unemployment in the country.

He said , “Yearly, students graduate from schools, with limited jobs available. Yet, many graduates hate to learn skills, many of them have forgot that it is not all about what the government can do for the citizens, but more about what the citizens can contribute to the society.

“Dapo Abiodun, the once – rejected stone, whose glory now shines, even to the blind, a Governor with an-inclusive administrative agenda strategize every second, without dozing, for the purpose of creating a better atmosphere, where youth can be empowered and mentally liberated.

“In an effort to make the documented vision becomes a reality, the SA on Youth Affairs inspected some abandoned, under equipped vocational centres at Abeokuta, today, 28th January, 2020.

“One of the unhindered beliefs of this administration is that when there is a road map, coupled with an effective execution for human emancipation through skills acquisition and leadership trainings, the rate of crimes will drastically reduce in the society.”

While speaking on the plans of the government in equipping the youths to meet up with international standards and as well as preparing them for leadership roles, Lawal added that aside the skill acquisition programmes, the government will also take the youths through a leadership training programme which will prepare them to take up leadership positions in no distance time.

“Some ignorant leaders waste millions of money to build gigantic buildings whose impact in people’s lives will be nothing to write home about. Hence, the reason why the SA, in his move to accomplish the vision of the governor, intends to establish skill acquisition platforms where skills like fashion designing, barbing, hairdressing, painting among others can be available to youth in Ogun State.

“In addition, there will be leadership trainings for youth, since they are people who will take leadership positions sooner or later. Gone are the days when youths were seen as the leaders of tomorrow, youths can as well be the leaders of today, just like current orientation about leadership. Leadership training will make the youth learn, unlearn and relearn, when it comes to leadership. That is why it is only an individual, nurtured with the water of good leadership that can sail the boat of leadership safely, without drowning the citizens”.

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