By Olayinka Latona
Harvesters International Christian Centre (HICC) has trained thousands of youths under its quarterly free Harvesters Skill Acquisition Program (HSAP), which was held at the church premises in Lagos.
The youths were trained on app development, digital marketing, graphics design, make-up, pastry and mixology, photography, videography and video editing by certified instructors.
Speaking on behalf of the Senior Pastor of the church, Pastor Bolaji Idowu, the Associate Pastor, Pastor Adedayo Ogunrombi, said the programme had been going on for three years and that it is designed to empower youths, saying more than 5,000 had benefitted.
“We are doing this because we have decided that we cannot sit down and watch the spate of unemployment in our land or sit down and observe and do nothing about a lot of people that go hungry, people that may turn into crime or prostitution if they have nothing to do; so, the programme is designed to empower people with easy to start skill, what they can learn within a short time and begin to make money”, Ogunrombi said.
One of the participants, Faith Abdullahi, who benefited from the training, last year, said: “Before I had the opportunity to come for HSAP, I was at a point in my life where I really did not know what to do. When I heard about HSAP, I just keyed in because my school was on strike. I learned pastry and mixology and, after the program, I determined to get serious and develop interest in it. I got my first job for a hundred people without having instruments for the job; I made my first one hundred thousand naira after HSAP, I was able to get the money I needed to start properly and, thereafter, I got called up for a bridal shower where I met other people and, since then, I get jobs after job, called to television stations to showcase what I am doing, It’s been God; I didn’t know anybody when I started.
and I was worried about how to get clients but God took control.
“The instructors include the founder and CEO, House of Tara International, Tara Fela-Durotoye, Chief Executive Officer, Topcrust Bakery Limited, Tosan Jemide, Subomi Plumtre of Alder Consulting, award winning photographer Shola Animashaun, Mary Jane-Ohobu of Zaron Cosmetic and Gbenga Sesan of Paradigm Initiative.