By Olayinka Olawale
Lagos – The Rose of Sharon Foundation, an NGO, on Wednesday in Lagos donated a skills acquisition centre and a bookshop to the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos.
Mrs Folorunsho Alakija, founder of the foundation, said the centre and bookshop, both located in a bungalow, are to support the college to train more youths, widows and less-privileged to become self reliant.
Alakija, who spoke at the inauguration of the facilities, explained that the foundation was helping widows and orphans to move from one level to another and to wipe their tears away.
She said that the college had become a great partner in actualising the aims and aspirations of the foundation.
“Many are called, but few are chosen; we thank God for calling us and for choosing us.
“In that calling that each and everyone of us have answered, we should make sure that we put in our best to able to do that which God called us to do.
“It is in answering that call that we recognise the existence of Yaba College of Technology, where education is paramount.
“Education is one thing that is important within our structure as a foundation for widows and orphans to be educated.
“We decided to partner with this college, so that we wrap our minds together, so that we have mutually-beneficial programmes to assist one another.
“We have been able to give support to many of your staff who are widows in their organisation.”
She urged the government and people generally not to relegate women to the background, noting that the achievements of the rector were a pointer that they could perform well when given the opportunity.
“Women must be given the opportunity not just to prove themselves but to make waves and to put in their quota to assist the male folk in the work, to ensure that the economy, education and quality of life is better.
“It is also why you yourself, as a college, has been able to provide training skills for members of our organisation who are beneficiaries of our foundation.
“We thank God for that which you have been doing to support us, for providing the use of your premises here for various programmes annually.”
Earlier, Dr Margaret Ladipo, Rector, Yaba College of Technology, commended the foundation and its Board of Trustees for their donation to the college.
Ladipo said the skills acquisition centre and bookshop would help many youths to be self-employed.
She said the donation was another dimension in the partnership between the college and Rose of Sharon Foundation.
Ladipo said the centre would be used under the Department of Industrial Design, for skills like fashion designing and general skills. (NAN)