The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in Oshodi-Isolo local government area of Lagos state in conjunction with the Yield Africa Foundation kicks off the training of five hundred young school leavers and unemployed youth across the local government on a different skills acquisition programme.
Speaking with journalists on Tuesday at the local government premises while on inspection of the facilities in place for the programme, Ambassador Olatunde Martins, the Executive Director of Yield Africa Foundation, disclosed that the training was due to the rapid increase in unemployment in the society and the need for people to embrace Vocational Education Training as an alternative for wealth Creations are main reason the foundation is carrying out the training.
He said; “Yield Africa Foundation is a Non-government organization set up to educate and Empower women and youths in Africa. Through Skills Acquisition, Entrepreneurship and leadership development training.
He further posited that for the skills acquisition /empowerment programme, they are expecting 400 participants, but that at rate at which people, especially youth are showing interest, over five hundred have registered for the programme which kicks off at the UNDP building by 9 am.
He also stressed that between 2019 and 2021, over two thousand people have benefitted from the foundation’s skills acquisition programme and that over six hundred pupils from government owned primary schools have gotten Educational materials from the foundation.
The Coordinator of the UNDP in the local government, Comrade Afeez Abiola Adesanya stated that the programme has been carefully planned to educate the youth on the need to embrace vocational training instead of waiting for white collar jobs that are unavailable.
He further maintained that the council boss, Otunba Kehinde Almoroof Oloyede is expected to flag off the event and that he will be joined by critical stakeholders in the local government.
Comrade Adesanya appealed to the participants to ensure that they arrive for the event promptly and that the programmes has been planned for the benefit of the participants.
On the yardstick in getting participants, he disclsoed that the UNDP office did aggressive social media campaign and the response was huge and encouraging, maintaining that even the office had to halt intake to avoid over stretching of the facilities for the programme as more participants were still registering even few hours to the commencement of the even.
The seven days event will see participants been introduced to photography, screen printing, Tie and die, small chop making etc, certificate will be presented at the end of the programme.