Philanthropists urged to set up skills centres
By Femi Atolagbe
Ondo State Government has implored well-to-do individuals to partner the state government by setting up skills acquisition centres.
Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Saka Yusuf Ogunleye made the appeal in Akure at a Entrepreneur Skill Acquisition Center where primary school pupils and secondary school students were trained on fashion designing.
Ogunleye expressed government’s readiness to partner with any organisation that embarks on such venture.
“The government of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has also set up various skills acquisition centers across the state.
Yet, we welcome private people particularly the rich to join hands with us by borrowing a leaf from this centre.”
Miss Kolawole Temilola, who initiated the programme, said she attended a three-week federal government sponsored training programmes at Ode Omu, Osun State where selected youths were trained on various forms of skills.
A trainer and Chief Executive Officer of Yintaz Fashion, Grace Akpalakor said the training was meant to arouse the entrepreneurship spirit of the trainees.
She commended the state government for supporting the idea, saying it would serve as an encouragement to others.
One of the participants, Sousa Modupe said the programme had opened her eyes to the possibility of becoming self-employed and even an employer of labour in future.