By DAYO ADESULU
In aligning with the Federal Government’s efforts to raise the level of entrepreneurial skill acquisition in Nigeria, the MTN Foundation has launched a youth skills development project worth millions of Naira at the Government Technical College, Ikorodu, Lagos.
Speaking at the commissioning where the Lagos State Governor, Babatude Raji Fashola (SAN), Commissioner for Education, Lagos State, Barr. Olayinka Oladunjoye, Engr. Gasper Olawunmi to mention a few, graced the occasion, Dr. Pascal Dozie, Chirman, MTN Nigeria said, “the Youth Skills Development Project was conceived from MTN’s recognition of the importance of empowering Nigeria youth.”
He said that the project aligned with the Federal Government’s efforts to raise the level of entrepreneurial skill acquisition, adding that it will boost technological advancement which will drive the social economic development.
While MTN Foundation already carries out several projects under the Economic Empowerment portfolio, Dozie noted that the MTNF Board approved the Youth Skills Development Project in July 2010 as a sign of their interest in youth development in Nigeria.
He said, “We recognise that the youth make up a large part of the Nigerian population and by extension, a significant segment of MTN’s customers. An investment in the youth is an investment in Nigeria’s future.”
According to him, the Foundation Skills Development Project is designed to foster the spirit of self-reliance amongst Nigerian youth, as it builds the capacity of students in vocational colleges to make them competent technicians for the labour market.
The Chairman explained that under the first phase of the project which is being implemented by Deux Project Limited, four government technical vocational colleges across the country will benefit from an upgrade of their school facilities, as well as provision of cutting-edge equipment for up-to-date training and development of craftsmen, technicians and artisans.
”Apart from Government Technical College, Ikorodu, Lagos State, other beneficiary colleges include; Government Technical College, Owo, Ondo State as well as the Government Technical Colleges in Malali, Kaduna State and Farfaru, Sokoto State,” he added.