A local government Chairman, Mr Bolaji Muse-Ariyo, has called on corporate organisations and public-spirited individuals to support governments’ efforts in youth empowerment through the establishment of vocational centres.
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Muse-Ariyo, Chairman, Oshodi-Isolo LGA, Lagos State, made the call in an interview with the NIGERIA NEWS in Lagos during a free Information and Communication Technology (ICT) boot camp training for youths in the council area.
NAN reports that the six-week training was organised by the council in collaboration with Tech4Nigeria.
The training is in web design, programming and blog creation.
Participants are also learning shoemaking, tailoring, catering and hotel management, among others.
“This programme will empower youths with basic knowledge of ICT. It will be beneficial to them and our community.
“The world has gone digital, and everybody, irrespective of age, must be ICT-compliant.
“Many of our youths today use the internet for social media only, but with this training, they can develop useful skills and make money legitimately.
“I hope at the end of the programme, some of the participants will be able to proffer ICT solutions that the local government can use in the nearest future,’’ he said.
The council chairman gave the assurance that his administration would continue to support ideas that would impact positively on the community.
The Programme Coordinator, Mr Babatunde Ogundiran, said that vocational education was a veritable tool to reduce unemployment.
He said that vocation would enable the learner to become self-reliant.
Ogundiran noted that Oshodi-Isolo LGA recorded many cases of robbery and other vices.
“With vocational centres, we will be able to impact on the youth,’’ Ogundiran said.
Miss Damilola Oladele, Project Manager, Tek4Nigeria, said that the organisation determined to build human capital in technology.
“Our idea is to build youth entrepreneurs through technology, as a catalyst for the development of the nation,’’ Oladele said.
She advised local governments to be committed to youth empowerment through vocational training.