An NGO, Mother and Girl-Child Protection Initiative (MAGI) based in Ibadan, says it has so far trained more than 75 youths seeking admissions into higher institutions of learning in different vocations.
The vocations include web designing, photography, hair dressing, make-up, bead-making, events decoration, catering, small chops-making, tailoring and baking.
The Executive Director of the NGO, Mrs Adijat Malik, said this at the graduation of the second batch of 50 school leaver enrolled for skills acquisition.
Malik, an ex-banker, said that the school leavers, who were awaiting admissions into universities and polytechnics, were taken off from the streets for skills acquisition to discourage them from committing crime.
She said the training would enable the youths to pursue some small businesses while in school and become self-employed on completion of their courses.
According to her, 500 people including youths, parents and proprietresses of small-scale businesses were in 2016 exposed to emerging global trends and ideas in businesses.
Malik said the next set of youths would be enrolled soon for the biannual youth empowerment programme.
She urged parents and well-meaning people to assist the youths to acquire equipment and tools to set up their own businesses and also assist the NGO in empowering more youths.
“Even while they are in tertiary institutions, the youths can make money to augment whatever their parents would give them for their sustenance.”
Mrs Foluso Sali, the Permanent Secretary, Oyo State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, who chaired the occasion, congratulated those trained by the NGO, noting that they were better off than some of their colleagues still on the streets.
Sali, was represented by Mr Emmanuel Oladipo, the Director of Poverty Alleviation in the ministry, called on well-meaning people to support the NGO.
She lauded the NGO for complementing the efforts of the state government in empowering youths through skills acquisition.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the graduation ceremony was attended by school secondary school students, teachers, parents and guardians of beneficiaries.