Skills Acquisition: FG Empowers Thousands Of Youths In Osun State

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The Federal Government through a skill acquisition programme tagged Buhari-Osinbajo Solidarity Front (BOSF) has equipped thousands of youths in Osun State.

Over 2,000 beneficiaries were drawn from 10 local governments in Osun Central Senatorial districts and Ede South Local Government for the skill acquisition programme conducted freely.

They were trained in vocational skills including woodworks, POP, Photography and Editing, Chemicals and insecticides manufacturing, Catering and Event Planning, Makeup Artistry, Event Decoration and Fashion Designing.

At the graduation ceremony for the first phase of participants was held on Friday in Ilobu Town, Osun State.

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The National Coordinator of the BOSF in Osun State, Liberty Olawale Badmus, said the event is historic because Osun State is benefitting from the free training after the BOSF premiered in Lagos State.

Badmus noted that the skill acquisition programme is designed to help assuage the problem of unemployment.

Also at the event, the Osun State coordinator, Ibrahim Ominiwe said the objectives of the free skill acquisition programme is to give Nigerian youths a means of livelihood.

He emphasised the need for the participants to put into use all they have been taught and impact Nigeria positively.

He commended the Buhari-Osinbajo Solidarity Front and the All Progressives Congress (APC) for assisting the youths.

NAFOWA Trains Youths, Widows of Fallen Air Force Personnel

Nafowa, Youth, Women Empowerment, Skill Acquisition ProgramsThe Nigerian Air Force Officers Wives Association (NAFOWA), has been training widows of deceased Air Force personnel and youths in different skills.

The training programme commenced on June 20 with 165 participants.

Most of the trainees were those whose husbands or parents died while fighting insurgents in the northeast region of Nigeria. The rest were from the barracks and host communities.

They were trained in tailoring, beads making, shoe making, ICT, catering, hairdressing, barbing among others skills.

The participants also received starter packs to enable them become successful in their chosen career.

Speaking during the graduation ceremony of the trainees at the Air Force base in Kaduna state, President of the association and wife of the Chief of Air Staff, Mrs Hafsat Abubakar, said that the training programme was to compliment the federal government’s effort in tackling unemployment and youth restiveness in the country.

She explained that the programme was designed to help build entrepreneurial skills among youths and women in the barracks, with a view to making them self-sufficient and useful to the society.

According to her, the current decline of the Nigerian economy makes it necessary for women and youths not to rely solely on white collar jobs, but to look for alternative sources of engaging themselves meaningfully through capacity building and skill acquisition.

Wife of the governor of Kaduna state, Mrs Hadiza El-Rufai, commended NAFOWA for initiating the training programme which she said would add immense value to the empowerment of youths and indigent women in the state.

She urged the beneficiaries to make use of the opportunity and develop themselves.

The Chief of Air Staff, who was represented by the Chief of Administration, Nigerian Air Force headquarters, Air Vice Marshal Ajibola Jekenu, also commended NAFOWA.

He said that the service had also initiated some programmes aimed at touching the lives of indigent persons in the barracks and host communities.

Some of the beneficiaries expressed optimism that the training they have received would help them in becoming self-reliant and better equipped to support their families.

FG Urged To Change School Curriculum To Accommodate Skill Acquisition

school curriculum, skill acquisitionA Human Resources Development expert, Fola Ogunsola, wants the federal government to change school curriculum to accommodate skill acquisition programmes that go beyond classrooms.

She made the call at a life after school development lecture for students of the Osun State University, Ikire Campus in Osun State.

She revealed that only about 10% of Nigerian graduates who leave the higher institutions annually can be said to be employable to employers of labour.

This, according to her, is because many of the graduates have not been well groomed for the basic skills required to sustain a job.

The HR expert also told Channels Television that the crisis between Nigerian youths and the labour market is more of employability of the products being churned out by higher institutions of learning in the country than a problem of the number of jobs available.

The expert berated the academic curriculum of Nigerian universities stating that Nigerian higher institutions of learning, in the 21st century are still only able to impact less than 20% of skills required by prospective employers of labour into their graduates.

He stressed that graduates are usually not well groomed for the task ahead after school.

She also implored graduates to stop putting blames on government, but rather enhance their skills.

Physically Challenged Citizens Get Support In Imo

People living with disabilities under the auspices of the Joint National Association of Persons Living with Disabilities in Imo State have a cause to smile.

This is because the State Government is supporting over 700 members of the association by empowering them with different mobility aids, working tools, scholarships, skill acquisition materials and capital to start up their businesses.

While donating the items to the physically challenged citizens, chairman of the occasion, Former Governor of Enugu State and Former Chairman of People’s Democratic Party, Chief Okwesili-Eze Nwodo said there is a need for the Federal Government to enshrine programmes that will solely benefit the physically challenged into the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Speaking at the Ahiajoku Convention Centre in Owerri, the Imo State capital, venue of the event, he called on well-meaning Nigerians to make it a point of call to render help to the physically challenged in the society at all times.