The traditional ruler of Ikotun land, Oba Azeez Gbadabiu has urged the youth to leverage on the opportunities in skill acquisition to reduce unemployment and poverty level in the country.
Gbadabiu made the plea at the graduation ceremony of 780 beneficiaries trained in various skills under the empowerment programme of the Gubernatorial Candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in Lagos State, Mr Owolabi Salis.
The monarch said that acquiring skills would enable youths to supplement their income and improve on their living condition.
“If students that have been empowered today can leverage on the opportunities provided by the sponsor, then they would be able to live responsible lives and avoid social vices.
“There are students doing soap making, shoe making; fashion design; makeup, while some of them are now into making beads.
“Some are into photography and this is really helping them. It takes them off depression and gives them the hope that the future is bright,’’ he said.
The monarch added that wherever they found themselves, they should make use of what they had acquired to contribute to the society.
Salis said that he established different skill acquisition programmes for the youth because he could not withstand the pain of seeing them roam the street.
The gubernatorial candidate noted that having multiple incomes would help to solve various societal problems such as crime, corruption, hunger and other social vices.
He said that the objective of the programme was to encourage entrepreneurship among the youth.
Salis urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the skills acquired as they had displayed commitment during the course of the programme.
He said that the beneficiaries were trained in various skills such as hair dressing, barbing, building and road construction, fashion designing, tailoring, beauticology, Tie-dye and designing and marketing technology.
Salis mentioned others to include shoe making, soap/balm making, catering, film and audio editing, computer training, gas refilling business, automobile mechanic, fishing farming, aluminum and steel making and general printing.