THE Necessary Measures Against Poverty, (NEMAPP), an NGO in collaboration with Ijebu-Ode Local Government Area, Ogun has trained 2,000 youths on various vocational skills to make them self-reliant.
The three-week programme, which was organised by NEMAPP and Ijebu-Ode LGA, was concluded on Friday in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the youths were trained in different vocations such as photography, fish farming, fashion design, barbing, interior decoration, catering and beverages production.
Mrs Grace Ajetunmobi, the Director, NEMAPP, advised beneficiaries to use the skills acquired to liberate themselves from poverty.
She said the programme was aimed at giving succour to the less privileged in the state.
“In the society we belong today, learning skills in order to make one self-dependent is of high priority.
“I want you to make use of this opportunity to sustain yourselves and in so doing liberate yourselves from poverty and secure your future.
“The training will continue periodically to ensure that more people benefit from the programme,” she said.
In his remarks, Mr Gbolade Oduwole, the Chairman of the local government, commended the organises for their dedication toward grassroots development.
“Today’s training will go a long way in assisting our youths in actualising their dreams as well as give them hope of a better life for themselves and their families.
“We will continue our drive to ensure that the dividends of democracy are felt by all toward the restoration agenda of the state government and the country at large,” he said.
Oduwole then urged the participants not to relent but to put the experience gained into use, adding that the local government was ready to support the people when necessary.
Also speaking, the Ogun State Commissioner for Community Development and Cooperatives, Mr Gbenga Ademosun said his ministry would assist beneficiaries with access to soft loans and structural support.
“We will try as much as possible to align you with dependable cooperatives that will facilitate your access to credit facilities,” he said. (NAN)
– Jun. 29, 2018 @ 17:25 GMT |