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NGO trains youths on capacity building, skills


As part of efforts to build capacity and skills for the youth, a non-governmental organisation, SOARS Communications recently organised a training workshop for young people in Lagos.

The Project Coordinator, Atobalo Oluwole, spoke at the Centre for Management Development (CMD) during the workshop for students of Elias International School.

According to him, the event was organised to empower the youth to be self-reliant, while waiting for admission to tertiary institutions, or job opportunities.

He said: “We are training them on how they could use local fabric to produce bags and shoes and we are also going to train them on how to make hat and also bake.”


Oluwole who lamented the high rate of crime in the country noted that training youths in skills’ acquisition would help to reduce crime in the society.

He, however, warned that before children get into the wrong hands, there is the need to catch them young to enable them add value to their family, the state and the country at large.

A former Vice Chancellor, Caleb University, Prof. Ayodeji Olukoju, said Japan and China’s prominence in industry could be attributed to their determination to innovate by emphasising work ethics as crucial to development.

He challenged the students to work with both their brains and hands to succeed.

Also, the Chief Executive Officer, Chemstar Group Ltd, Aderemi Awode, who was represented by a General Manager, Mr. Tunde Olaniyan, urged the students to identify their passion, study hard, adding that whatever comes their way, their passion is more important.

A teacher from the school, Mr. Kayode Olalude, commended the training, and said entrepreneurship should become a compulsory subject in the nation’s school curriculum due to the unhealthy employment situation in the country.

Noting that education and certification are no longer the solution to gainful employment, Olalude stressed the need for creating employment in the country through entrepreneurial studies.

Also, a student, Juliet Onechi, who promised to be a medical doctor, described the programme as educative, adding that she was taught how to become an entrepreneur without depending on others.

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