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Lagos Govt. certifies over 700 youths, others as entrepreneurs

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

At least 700 youths, women and men across Lagos have been certified as entrepreneurs by the State Government after undergoing series of free training across the vocational centres managed by the Agency for Mass Education.

The over 700 youths and others were trained by the agency to become professionals in different skills including Information Communication Technology (ICT), fashion, catering, event planning and decorations, music and several others.

According to the government, the aim behind training and certifying several youths, women particularly housewives and men that had no skill in any specific area was to reduce the ratio between the employed and unemployed across Lagos.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Tokunbo Wahab, while addressing over 200 of the graduands at Igbogbo training centre in Ikorodu Local Governments yesterday, added that the present administration desire was to ensure that every resident of Lagos has at least one source of earning income to themselves.

Wahab, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Special Adviser on Education, Waheed Kasali, declared that as part of the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda, the present administration would not stop in giving Lagosians free opportunities that would continuously put food on their table.

While describing the training done by the government as the dividend of democracy, the Special Adviser charged the graduands to be good ambassadors and use the skills learnt to impact and contribute their quota to developments of the state.

Wahab, meanwhile, commended the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for approving all programmes put forward by the office, just as he described the governor’s passion for youth empowerment as second to none, saying, aside from here, the governor has been approving different programmes to empower youths across Lagos.

Also speaking on training of the over 700 persons, the Director, Lagos State Agency for Mass Education, Oluwakemi Kalesanwo, hinted that exercise was to get many people engaged and take more number of men and women off the streets to become employers of labour in the state.

Kalesanwo added that the graduands have been trained by different experts, who have had many years in the industry and have become savvy, saying with the training the graduands have been put through, they are certified as professionals in their various fields.

She said: “Aside from that they, the graduands, have become professionals, in a few months from now, they will also be employing at least 700 people and from there the unemployment rate would be reducing gradually. While that is ongoing, we also will be training more people across the seven centres sited in different communities within the state”.

The director hinted that the state has established Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) to give the young entrepreneurs funds that would help them get their businesses off the ground and achieve their dream of becoming self-employed in the state.

Speaking on her experience after undergoing the training, one of the graduands, Bimbo Odubona, described the training as an opportunity that would increase her family source of income greatly.

Odubona said: “Before coming here to learn makeup craft, I am a businesswoman but I needed to increase my source of income. While thinking on how to go about it, I was told about the free training by the government and that was how I got into it. And since then, I have learn alot as well as started making money for myself”.

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