The Lagos State government has declared zero tolerance for idleness in any form, among the residents of the state, appealing to the unemployed persons, under-employed and those still waiting for white-collar jobs to come forward to learn a skill in one of the many skill acquisition centres set up by the state government to help them become self-dependent.
This was restated by the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs Cecelia Bolaji Dada while speaking at one of the five centres for the graduation ceremony of the 1,250 participants of the free four-week short-term skills acquisition training in the state.
Dada who restated her commitment to uplifting the lives of indigent, vulnerable, internally displaced persons, and people with disabilities with ready-to-go skills in meeting their various economic demands and challenges, noted that the 1250 participants in the first quarter of 2024 made it 15, 250 persons that had profited from the short-term skill acquisition training since 2019.
The Commissioner however appealed to all the beneficiaries of the programme to utilise their skills optimally to become agents of change within their various communities.
“Throughout this short-term skills acquisition training running simultaneously across five centres, the 250 trainees absorbed at this particular centre have exhibited remarkable resilience, determination, and commitment towards achieving self-sufficiency.
“The recipients of this precinct have been privileged in tuition-free training on tie and dye, catering and confectioneries, gele tying and make-up application, hairdressing and wig making, fabrics stoning and embellishments, production of soap and pomade/healthy insecticide production, barbing techniques and lots more.
“The social inclusion in the T. H. E. M. .E. S plus agenda of Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu’s administration, the Governor of Lagos State, has afforded these recipients the opportunities of training and empowerment programmes for their developmental progress, and I want you to know that by this gesture we are not only assisting their economic reintegration but, also contributing to the overall growth of the West African region.
“The support system we get from the Governor of Lagos State has enabled a total of 1,250 trainees across five centres to become beneficiaries at this quarter. Therefore, I encourage every one of you here, to utilise these skills optimally even as you become agents of change within your various communities.”
However, each of the beneficiaries got working tools to start businesses immediately upon graduation.