LASCODA, LSETF to train youths in coconut-based arts, crafts

Arts and craft kettle and tea cup made of coconut shell

THE Lagos State Coconut Development Authority (LASCODA), says it is collaborating with the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) to organise a four-week coconut-based arts and crafts training for youths in the state.

Mr. Dapo Olakulehin, General Manager, LASCODA, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Tuesday that the training was a major part of the state government’s responses to the post-COVID-19 pandemic.

He said the training was one of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s initiatives at making Lagos a 21st-century economy.

Olakulehin said the training was aimed at creating sustainable job opportunities for young graduates and youths with a passion for arts and craft-making.

He said the training would further alleviate poverty, reduce unemployment and insecurity in the state.

He said the applicants for the training would be mobilised by the LSETF and would run for five sessions within the period.

Olakulehin added that the exercise would involve seasoned experts practically in the field of coconut arts and craft.

“This training is a major part of the state government’s responses to post COVID-19 pandemic.

“The two-part training will involve theoretical concepts and detailed practical sessions that when concluded, will further boost the tourism potential of Lagos State.

“Coconut shell being among the major waste products in coconut processing, the training would serve as a waste-to-wealth, thereby creating opportunity and a worthwhile venture for selected young entrepreneurs,” he said.

He noted that beneficiaries would be empowered with arts and craft business tools at the end of the training to begin practicing what they had learnt, to generate income for themselves and their dependants.

Olakulehin, however, noted that the governor had given approval for the maiden edition, saying that it would not be a one-off programme but a regular training that would be held twice a year. (NAN)

– Jun. 9, 2020 @ 13:05 GMT |

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