Six thousand nine hundred and ninety-nine persons, including young school leavers, unemployed graduates of tertiary institutions, women and men of all ages have graduated from the Lagos State Lagos State Skill acquisition centres centres in the year 2017 session.
At a ceremony to mark the release of the trainees into the entrepreneurial space in Agidingbi Ikeja, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said the free training which ranged between three to nine months was in line with his administration’s blue print to enhance the socio-economic well being of the People.
Represented by his Deputy, Dr. Idiat Adebule, Governor Ambode promised that his administration would continue to provide an enabling environment and support for start ups to successfully navigate the commercial channels.
Ambode said “the immediate benefit available to the graduates we are celebrating here today is that they are qualified to access soft loans from the LSTEF as seed capital to transform their entrepreneurial visions into reality”
In a message, the wife of the Governor, Mrs Bolanle Ambode who pointed out that the remarkable success recorded in the skill acquisition training programmes over the years was a testimony of the adminstration’s commitment to job creation and overall improvement of the welfare of the youths and Lagosians in general urged the graduating trainees to see their empowerment as a turning point in their lives and advised them to spread the information about the programmes to enable others in their communities to benefit.
“We generally expect you to make the best use of this empowerment as a tool to turn around your lives for personal progress and development of the the society” Mrs Ambode advised.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs Omolola Akande said the skills acquired by the trainees were carefully selected to ensure that their services would be in demand after graduation, based on the consumption pattern of Lagos residents and Nigeria at large.
While congratulating them, Mrs Akande pointed out that the onus is now on them to contribute to the economic and industrial advancement of the Country.
The Commissioner announced that to further add value to the knowledge of the trainees, the State Government would be introducing solar energy production, plumbing, fishnet production, electrical/electronics and paint production as part of the options in the nearest future.
The graduates were trained in aluminium fabrication, bead stringing, hat making, computer studies, fashion and design catering and hotel management, hair dressing and cosmetology, dress making, wood and furniture making, photography, tiles laying and pavelocking as well as barbing, screen and transfer printing technology and shoe making and leatherworks.
In an interview with Radio Nigeria some of the graduates described the free training as life changing and advised that such programmes should sustained to reduce poverty and keep residents engaged and away from crimes
The graduate trainees were presented with Certificate of Competency II, by the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board, which will grant them a seamless transition into any of the Lagos State Technical Colleges for further training, if they so wish.
The best graduating trainees from each of the sixteen courses offered during the session were also presented with cash rewards.