By Olasunkanmi Akoni
AT least 100 beneficiaries last week went to their various homes with a big smile on their faces after graduating from the first Hon Adewale Olola Benson Foundation Free Skills Acquisition Training programme.
The beneficiaries, who are predominately women and youths, received their certificates at an elaborate graduating ceremony held in Surulere Local Government Area.
The two weeks intensive training saw the students graduated in different areas of skills acquisition such as; Beads making, pedicure, scalp making, soap, make-up facial, fashion, event decoration, air freshener making, and hair dressing among others.
Speaking on the occasion, organizer and sponsor of the programme, Mr. Adewale Benson, explained that the initiative, which cost him about N500,000, aimed at encouraging the youths, women and men in taking up their own business in the drive towards self reliance and reduction of unemployment in the society.
He said he was worried by the rising rate of unemployment and degrading values in the country, hence, the need for the intervention
Benson, who was a former political office holder in the Surulere Local Government, clarified that his gesture had nothing to do with political interest, “I don’t have any political ambition for now, am only doing this for the development of our indigent masses in the state and the country at large
Quoting Robert Gallagler, who states, “change is inevitable except from a vending machine”, Benson while urging the trainees as they stand on the brink of moving into a new life beyond the process of acquiring different skills, stressed change would be inevitable “and it is indeed gratifying to see our graduating trainees matured and become skills proficient, ready to tackle the career in their chosen field.
“It gives me great joy to see myself giving back to the society. I am really fulfilled by what i have been able to contribute in my little way to the society.”
Also speaking Hon Ayo Osidele, Assistance Secretary, Surulere LGA, urged the beneficiaries to put all that they have learnt into positive use for themselves, families, the state in particular and the nation in general, “what you have acquired is a legacy and it depends on you how you put the acquired skills into good use of the benefit of mankind.”
One of the beneficiaries, Miss, Osidele kadiyat, 18 years old who recently finished her Senior Secondary School, SSS, from Federal Government Girls College, Shagamu, Ogun State, expressed gratitude to the sponsor and the management for affording her the opportunity to be self reliant, despite the fact that she just left secondary school.
“With the skills I have acquired I can earn good money to sustain myself and even employ others when my business start to grow. I don’t have to depend on my parents for petty expenses anymore.
“I therefore, urged other well meaning Nigerians and residents to emulate this gesture by coming on board to contribute their own quota to national development and keep those who are not supposed to be on the streets, off the streets.”