By Monsur Olowoopejo
In a bid to reduce youth restiveness and unemployment in Nigeria, Integrated Skill Acquisition and Advance Centre, ISAAC, has promised to train over 10, 000 youths in Ekiti state from January 2011.
ISAAC, an initiative of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, senatorial aspirant for Ekiti north senatorial district, Mr. Bayo Adetifa, through his foundation; Bayo Adetifa Liberty Foundation, BALF, also lunched a N10 million education endowment fund to offer scholarship to Ekiti indigenes in higher institutions across the country.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony at Iye Ekiti in Ilejemeje Local Council Development area in Ekiti state, Adetifa vowed to introduce more innovative programmes that would improve the education and entrepreneurship standard of Ekiti youths in other for them to compete with their counterparts from other states and countries.
The senatorial aspirant noted that the programmes were part of his efforts to contribute his quota to the development of Nigeria.
On the aim behind the centre, he said “The objective of ISAAC is to build the youths and make them more productive, rather than relying on the government and also make them less dependent on politicians who may like to manipulate them for selfish gains in the upcoming 2011 election.
“It shall serve as an equal moulding and blending ground for all Nigerians of all different shades.”
and background to acquire the needed leadership, management and technical skills.”
The senatorial aspirant noted that the pilot programme for the initiative began some few years ago at Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, AAUA, at the department of accounting. And the name then was YES (Youth Empowerment Scheme).
On how the centre will be run, he noted that the centre and university will be different from the conventional centre and university across the country.
Adetifa noted “During the academic exercise, we will train them on how to write proposal to seek for funds, prepare accounting records, manage project. While the remaining days, the students will be send on SWESS so that they can practice what they have learn in the centre and further make money for them.
“We will employ people who will train the students. We intend to bring the National Directorate of Employment and SMEDAN to the centre. So that certificate issued at the end of the programme can be presented at any forum,” he said.
His words “the centre will be affiliated with a very reputable university anywhere in the world prior to the issuance of license to Mcbay University by National University Commission, NUC, to operate, so that the entrepreneurship skill in Ekiti youth can be fully developed quickly.”
The senatorial aspirant stated that the university were part of the measures which he would be using to tackle the problem of admission confronting the state.
Adetifa added that the number of students waiting for admission into Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, AAUA, outstripped the number of student already admitted into the institution which can only be tackled through establishment of more university in the state.