Two hundred youths from Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Authority (LCDA) were yesterday empowered through the Hammed Akande Balogun (HAB) free skill acquisition programme.
Facilitator of the foundation, who is also the Vice Chairman of Apapa-Iganmu LCDA, Hammed Balogun, said the increasing unemployment in Nigeria inspired him to pull resources together and empower the youths.
According to him, gone are the days when graduates waited for white collar jobs. He noted that unemployment is endemic among vibrant youths due to lack of skills to back up their formal education.
Balogun, who traced the inspiration to impact people positively to the time he was president of a club, urged the youths to rise against unemployment and move Nigeria forward.
Vice Chairman if Coker-Aguda LCDA Johnson Kalejaye, who hailed the gesture, congratulated the beneficiaries for making a great decision towards their future. He urged them to make judicious use of the knowledge.
A beneficiary, Tijani Aminat, who also works with Leadway Assurance Plc, said she has been longing for such opportunity to learn a skill that can fetch her extra income apart from her salary. Evelyn Essiet, who trained on graphic art, said she will start practicing the skill immediately.
Highpoint of the event was the presentation of a laptop to the best graphic art student, a camera to the best photography student and make up kit to the best in make over segment.
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