By Olasunkanmi Akoni
At least 3, 500 residents, mostly youths, have so far benefited in the Lagos State Government-sponsored programme to help citizens acquire relevant skills for self employment.
The state Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation recently commenced another phase of short-term training for residents of the state. The training, which is for a minimum of four weeks, commenced last month at four different centres around the state. It is aimed at enabling thousands of residents of the state to undergo training in different vocational skills, which include cake and snack production, soap making, beads, hairdressing, make-up and headgear, textile designs, event and decoration, among others.
The Deputy Governor, Orelope Adefulire, in her message at the flag-off of the training enjoined participants to use the opportunity of the programme to learn a skill, noting that government, through the programme, is determined not only to eradicate poverty but also provide a window of opportunity for idle and vulnerable residents of the state to be empowered and make a better living for themselves.
She added that the short-term training was the Ministry’s response to the yearnings of the people who are unable to attend the regular programme which currently runs at the 17 skill acquisition centres.
Adefulire added that the short-term training programme is equally rich in content like the regular classes as the Ministry has deployed qualified instructors and sufficient materials to assist the beneficiaries in learning efficiently and effectively within the short period, while assuring that other local government and local council development areas not yet covered will enjoy similar opportunity soon.
Obviously, elated, one of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Titilayo Philips, a full-time house wife, thanked the government for the programme, which she said “has provided me an opportunity to learn a skill which I hope will afford me an opportunity to make more money to support my husband and family.
“I enjoin other women who are at home not to remain idle but also seize the opportunity the programme offers to acquire a skill because most if not all the skills being taught at the centres offers a window of financial independence.”
All the participants at the programme disclosed that their participation at the programme is free of charge and they have not been asked to make any payment.