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A monarch in Ogun state, Oba Akintunde Akinyemi, the Ìsélú of Ìsélúland, Yewa North Local Government area, unveiled a fashion house in Abeokuta area of the state with the capacity to employ 50 youths.
Oba Akinyemi said the reason for the move is to provide vocational students with a workplace, adding that craft should be given a chance.
The king said the new fashion house named Vogue Royal Fashion Place has enough equipment that will enable the youths to practice and as well make ends means.
Oba Ìsélú stated that it is to complement the effort of Ogun state government in creating employment opportunities for the people.
He said, “We are here to unveil Vogue Royal Fashion Place here in Abeokuta and it is just to show my little quota to the effort of his excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun in creating employment for our people in the state.
“We are creating this for them, a very good and enabling environment, to display what they have been taught in school and that will make our fashion to be more enormous and everyone appreciates it better than before.
“For a start we are starting with 50 youths.”
He noted that the fashion house will deal majorly with traditional attires among other designs, and also with exportation.
“What we have here, majorly, we are going to be sewing traditional ready-to-wear, school uniforms, vest and whatever we want to do. We have machines here that designs vest, caps and everything. We have machines that can do everything.
“And we will be doing exportation too. So instead of us to bringing buttons and the rest here, we will sell there and use the money to bring in the materials to the country. That is our projection.”
Furthermore, the monarch decried the meagre pay earned by graduate, noting that the new fashion house pay more.
“It is as bad as a graduate in some of the establishment in Abeokuta taking 30-35 thousand per month. But here, even our fashion desingers are taking between 80-100 thousand in a month.”
He stated that some vocational students lack the machine to establish themselves because it is expensive, disclosing that the money he invested “in machine alone is over 20 million.”
The monarch, however, enjoined other traditional rulers to create similar working environment for their people, and also imploring the state government to provide electrification.
“My advise to my colleagues is that we as royal fathers we should try to have a second address. We should not depend on income from government. I have never depend on government income from time because I have my business.
“Two, I will just implore them that we should do more. If we are just complaining everyday that the government don’t create job, let’s try to create jobs too.”
Oba Akintunde continued, “We have over 200 traditional rulers in Ogun state, if we have sponsored business like agriculture, fashion and others, it is going to take a lot of people from the labor market.
“The example should start from us and subsequently we can now out the government on their toes to do more.
‘”And aside from that, I want to use this opportunity to implore the state government to invest more on electrification because the cost of production is very high, but the state can generate electricification — it is no big deal.
“I know Ogun state have little but it can still expand more on it”, he concluded.