DAY ALAKIJA, OTHERS EMPOWERED 67 YABATECH GRADUATES

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DAY ALAKIJA, OTHERS EMPOWERED 67 YABATECH GRADUATES

The Yaba College of Technology, (Yabatech) Skills Acquisition Centre, which commenced operation in 2018 attracted the donor, Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija, Yabatech Rector, Mr. Obafemi Omokungbe and Principal Officers of the College, senior pastors of the Redeemer Christian Church of God, (RCCG), Rector of Redeemer’s College of Technology and Management, Ogun State, Dr. Stella Mofunanya and one of her deputies, Pastor T.A. Olaniyan, members of Rose of Sharon, Mr. Kolade Oshinowo, retired former Deputy Rector of the College, students and parents of graduands.
Addressing the gathering amidst encomium, songs and dance by the graduating students, the founder Folorunsho Alakija Skills Acquisition centre offers 12 vocational skills, which include barbing, hairdressing, bread making, shoemaking, welding and fabrication, fashion design, make-up, catering, soap making, wig making, millinery, and computer sided design.
Alakija said the vision of the acquisition centre was borne out of her desire to empower people, especially the youth, with skills to enable them to provide for themselves and become productive members of the society.
The founder of the skills acquisition centre congratulated the 67 graduands for completing the vocational skills training and revealed that among them are widows from Rose of Sharon.
She appreciated Utopia Media, which paid training fees of 11 students and provided tools, Mr. Oshinowo, foot the bills of some trainers and gave out working tools and RCCG, paid fees for some trainees and made available tools to the graduands.
In his remarks, YABATECH, Rector, Omokungbe, an engineer disclosed that the training centre, tools, and equipment were donated by Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija and commended her for promoting skills acquisition among the youth.
Omokungbe told the 67 graduates that ‘the training is to make you self-reliant and it is our hope that the skills and knowledge that you have acquired will be deployed to improve your status and self-confidence.’
Omokungbe called on private and public organizations to join hand and support the skill training project of the College, stressing “it is the only way to overcome the challenges of youth unemployment.”
The Coordinator, Skills Acquisition Centre, Dr. Mofounanya, said start kits would be given to trainees that were exceptional both in learning and character, stating “this will encourage them to practice the skills they have acquired.”
She urged the 67graduating trainees to make use of the skills they have acquired as a tool to contribute their quota towards the development of the nation by being employers of labour rather than job seekers.