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Foundation opens digital hub to empower youths in Badagry

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To empower residents of Iworo and Badagry communities in Lagos State, Olu Kosoko Foundation has opened a digital centre, named OK Foundation Digital Centre.

Speaking at the launch, Founder of group, the Aremo of Iworo Kingdom, Prince Olu Kosoko, said the centre was designed to equip youths and young adults with key digital skills to strengthen their entrepreneurship capabilities and make them ‘hot cakes’ in the labour market.

He said: “The centre will also serve as a shared workspace for professionals and tech researchers as we provide in-house consulting for SMEs and start-ups. Our goal is to impact the lives of 1000 youths and 500 adults in Badagry within the next 36 months.

“For me, today is my birthday and I am really grateful to celebrate it this way. I am not doing this for self-validation; I just want to make impact, tell a story and fulfill the purpose of God for my life.”

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He urged parents to encourage their kids to take advantage of the free technology training, insisting that education had transformed his life.

“The digital centre will be opened on June 7. I want parents to encourage their kids to enroll and it’s completely free. The centre is not for the youth alone because we are looking at the bigger picture. Oniworo has provided land for a model school and it will be completed in the next few years. We want to empower young adults so that outsiders will not get all the jobs in the school. Education is something we should take seriously. If my father didn’t invest in my education, I wouldn’t be where I am today. We want to be able to empower both old and young so that if opportunities come, they can get the jobs. Apart from digital skills, we will help change the mindset of trainees as well.”

Director General, Badagry Chambers of Commerce, Mr. Opeyemi Oke, described the gesture as noble and commendable.

He said he had been in talks with Kosoko for a year, noting that his passion for human development and empowerment could drive a generation.

Commending Oniworo for his works in the community, he described him as the most progressive traditional ruler he had met.

He added: “Oba Kosoko is selfless and passionate about the people. For the people of Iworo, I urge you to take advantage of the digital skills. In the next five to six years, Badagry will become the economic web of West Africa. Our seaport is underway, the major road is under construction and the boarder will be opened soon.

“Opening the hub here is huge towards helping our youths to become relevant in tech and maximize the opportunities that will come. In the next five years, you will be proud you are here today. As it is now, Iworo is the fastest growing town in Badagry and a model college is coming here soon too.”

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