The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has signed the executive order for the skills fund to train and empower its indigenes yearly in order to tackle unemployment and alleviate people from poverty.
Speaking at the official launch of the programme, in Abeokuta, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof Abayomi Arigbabu explained that education in the state would be all encompassing, this, he opined would allowed for all round development of the formal, informal and non-formal sector to bring about holistic change.
The commissioner said that the initiative would helped to trained at least Ten Thousands (10,000) of its citizens on skills and vocational training, explaining that the scheme would captured out of school children, unemployed youths and adults in various skills acquisition.
“The executive order for the skills fund signed by the Governor has proven that it is now backed by law, this initiative will outlive this administration. This is not just any programme put in place, this scheme if properly monitored will help to provide our people with job opportunities and alleviate poverty from our state”, he explained.
Arigbabu revealed that apart from training, the scheme would also helped to provide and improved the literacy level of the existing artisans, to regulate, standardize and re-engineered the concerned sector.
In her welcome address, the Acting Project Coordinator, Ogun State Economic Transformation Projects (OGSTEP), Mrs. Mosun Owo-Odunsi said the programme would helped people to be productive and upskilled themselves in their relevant fields, be employers of labor and also be adequately trained to be employable in any organization that would required their skills.
In his presentation, the World Bank Skills Development Specialist, Mr. Adesegun Fatoki submitted that the scheme mandate was to provide funds for demand driven training, improve the standard of skills training, provide certification and also modernize the traditional apprenticeship system, he opined that the programme would uplift 40,000 indigenes yearly.