Over six thousand students were on Tuesday graduated from the Lagos state skill acquisition centres for 2017 session.
The skill centres under the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation produced skillful individuals in Photography, Textile designs, shoe making among others from the 17 Skill Acquisition Centres scattered across the State.
The Lagos state Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, while speaking at the graduation ceremony at the Blue Roof, Alausa, Ikeja, said that as part of its poverty alleviation strategies, the present Administration has provided an opportunity for young people to enhance their socio-economic wellbeing through vocational skills acquisition.
The Governor expressed delight that residents and investors in the State have continued to key into the initiatives for growing the economy.
“The immediate benefit available to the graduates that we are celebrating today is that they are qualified to access soft loans from the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund as seed capital to transform their entrepreneurial visions into reality.”
The skills acquisition and vocational training programme is proving to be much of a success as the ‘Ready, Set, Work’ initiative, which was introduced to equip final year students in all tertiary institutions in Lagos State with skills and a mindset that would prepare them to become job and wealth generators,” he said.
He explained that the Skills Acquisition and Vocational Training Centres in Lagos State are equipped to teach various vocations with adequate equipment to enable the graduates stand on their feet, running with minimal seed money.
The Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode said that the recent inclusion of new skills like solar energy production, plumbing, fishnet production, electrical and electronics certainly increases market value and widens the scope of professional engagement for trainees.
She also stressed that the remarkable success of the skill acquisition training programme was a testimonial to the commitment of the State government to job creation and overall improvement of the welfare of the youths and Lagosians in general.
The Lagos state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. (Mrs) Lola Akande said by reason of their competencies, graduands have been empowered to cross the line between idleness, hopelessness and poverty into the realm of skillfulness and entrepreneurial opportunities which banishes poverty and guarantees hope for a better future.
She also stated that the graduation ceremony was yet another proof that the present administration is not paying mere lip service to the issue of empowerment of women and the general populace through Acquisition of Skills that can make them gainfully engaged and ultimately employ others.
This move, according to her, is also in alignment with global thinking even as the General Assembly of the United Nations in September 2015 adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals in which reduction of hunger and eradication of poverty rank topmost among the 17 goals outlined.
On the efforts of the Ministry to make more impact through skill acquisition, the Commissioner explained that the Ministry has continuously improved the facilities at the various centres and also expanded its multi-faceted in nature and would rest on its Laurels.