Mr Lamidi Musefiu, the Deputy Minority Leader, Ogun Assembly has described the learning of vocational skills and training rather than waiting for white collar job as a major panacea towards addressing youth unemployment in the society.
Musefiu, the Chairman, House Committee on Public Account and Anti -Corruption, spoke shortly after rejoicing with the first set of graduands he sponsored on a year vocational training programmes at the Peter Akinola Foundation (PAAF) in Abeokuta.
The lawmaker stated that the need of man had always created a ready market for technical skills to thrive as a means for self-sustainability.
He noted that his decision to sponsor the first set of two graduands for the programme with a tuition fee and other expenses to the tune of about N300, 000 each per trainee, was borne out of his vision to reduce poverty and create means of livelihood amongst his constituents, especially the youth.
He noted that for the nation to stem the menace of crimes and criminality caused by idleness, there was need for meaningful engagement of youth, thereby creating attitudinal change and adding positive value to the society at large.
Assuring that he remained committed to ensuring that the sponsorship and other intervention initiatives got to all the eight wards in his constituency within the next three years to promote youth development.
Musefiu disclosed that another 14 artisans had also been certified through a 2-week intensive training organised in partnership with GIZ to avail them with modern trends and methods in their respective vocations with requisite certificate.
He said he had put in place for the benefit of his constituents, boreholes, construction of culvert and channeling of waterways to address water erosion, assuring that scholarships would be given to 20 indigent students to study in higher institution in the coming academic season.
He also promised that another set of twenty constituents across the eight wards would benefit from the intensive training next year.
In their remarks, the graduands, who were the beneficiaries of the one year programme, Tiamuyu Soliu and Alade Ibrahim, said they had vocational training in Metal Fabrication and Electrical/electronics.
They appreciated the lawmaker for sponsoring them for the training alongside provision of logistics all through the programme, noting that the opportunity had changed their orientation through practical and theoretical trainings that would make them self-sufficient and employers of labour.
They noted that such initiatives, if imbibed by other political leaders and well meanings individuals, would reduce the high rate of unemployment in the nation, thereby improving the socio-economic status of the people especially, the youth.