Abeokuta – The Ogun government will not relent in its efforts at empowering the youths to make them self-reliant and productive through skill acquisition programmes.
Mrs Nike Osoba, Special Adviser, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, made the pledge on Monday in Abeokuta at the graduation and empowerment programme for 60 trainees of Vocational Skill Acquisition.
Osoba, who was represented by Mr Kayode Akinola a Director in the Ministry, said the training was aimed at empowering the youths and creating wealth at the grassroots.
She added that the training was further hinged on the fact that youths had a lot to contribute to the socio-economic challenges confronting the nation.
The Special Adviser urged the youths to work hard to preserve the cultural heritage of the state.
She said that the joint effort of the ministry and the State Agency for the Control of Aids was to build sustainable livelihood and promote social integration for vulnerable groups, particularly the youths.
Speaking earlier, Mr Ganiyu Lawal, Permanent Secretary in the ministry, said that the programme was part of positive steps taken by the government to ameliorate the sufferings of the masses.
He urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunities offered them by the government.
One of the beneficiaries, Miss Omobolaji Lasisi commended the government for the programme which he described as `worthwhile.’
Lasisi expressed confidence that the programme would make the beneficiaries economically buoyant and self-reliant.
She promised that the beneficiaries would maximise the opportunity offered by the training to realise their entrepreneurial dreams. (NAN)