No fewer than 500 youths in Ogun State will benefit from the vocational skill acquisition programme put together by the State government in partnership with a German Agency, towards making them play active role in the socio -economic development of the nation.
The State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun disclosed this at the flag-off of the training programme in conjunction with the German agency, Foreign Trade and Investment Services Africa (FTAISA), held at the Technology Incubation Centre, Onijanganjangan, Abeokuta, affirmed that as part of plans to engage the youth meaningfully, Technical Colleges were being revitalised to improve vocational and technical education in the State.
Amosun said the training programme would cover automotive technology, engineering, building services, construction, business studies, digital technology, beauty and hair dressing, hospitality and catering, land and animals, travels & tourism as well as Healthcare amongst other.
He pledged that his administration would continue to provide enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the State, enjoining the youth to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the training to acquire necessary skills towards improving their lives.
In his speech, the German Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Bernhard Schlagheck, said the initiative was aimed at improving on the employability of the youth through vocational and technical skills acquisition.
Speaking earlier, the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, said the programme would run at three different locations across the State, noting that there are plans to sponsor the best 50 trainees to Europe.
Responding on behalf of other trainees, Mr. Taye Ogundipe, appreciated the State government for organizing the programme to encourage the youth to contribute their quota to the socio-economic development of the State just as he noted that it would improve their standard of living.
Femi Osipitan, Gbenga Moronfolu & Dupe Odeniyi
Press Officers, Office of the Governor & Min. of Comm. & Industry