A youth corp member, Osamusanmi Afe Tosin, has organized a five-day entrepreneurship training programme for staff and students of Adeyemi College of Education (ACE) Ondo.
The exercise began on Monday July 25 and ended on Friday July 29, 2016 respectively in the College.
Speaking at the commencement of the exercise, Osamusanmi, who is currently undertaking her one-year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme at the Division of Student Affairs (DSA) in the College, explained that the free entrepreneurship training exercise, was organized in order to reduce level of unemployment and poverty among unemployed youth, and to providemeans of livelihood to less priviledged persons including physically challenged and widows in the College andOndo community in general.
While bemoaning the plight of unemployed youth in the country, the Youth Corp member, opined that the situation could be addressed through provision of skill acquisition and establishment of entrepreneurial training centres across the country. She stated that
the step would enable those who offered themselves for the training to acquire necessary skills that would transform them from job seekers to employment providers.
She listed areas where participants undertook training during the five-day exercise to include bead and wire-work production; hairdressing, soap making, cream, perfume and disinfectants
Others are bridal handfan / bouquet production; makeover, facial art, bridal gele production, tie and die, banner making, T-shirt customization as well as web design.
In addition, she also stated that participants were alsotrained in areas which includedriving, agro fishing, cake and confectionaries production; photography / Video editing, bags/ souvenirs production, shoe making, DSTV installation, POP ceiling / Cement art work as well as fashion designing and cellphone repairing.
Osamusanmi expressed appreciation to the Management of ACE under the leadership of Prof. Olukoya Ogen, for giving approval for the exercise to hold in the institution.
She equally thanked corporate bodies which included Mobile Telecommunication giant, Airtel as well as an indigenous company, Trend and the Ondo State branch of the Chartered Institute of Project Management (CIPM) for supporting the programme.
Delivering a paper entitled: ‘’ How to create, manage and increase multiple means of income and ‘’How to start my own business’’ at the closing ceremony of the programme, the Ondo State Coordinator of CIPM, Mr. Omon Ogude represented by Mrs. Akinwumiju Dunni, an Architect, lauded the initiative of Osamusanmi and expressed optimism that the programme would go a long way in adding values to the lives of the participants.
Omon equally stated that knowledge acquired at the training would be of immense benefit to the participants and the society at large.
While harping on the need for youth to embrace entrepreneurship training as means to becoming self-reliant, the Ondo State Coordinator of CIPM said the decision would help in making them job providers and boost economic fortunes of the country.
He, therefore, appealed to the government at all levels in the country to give more attention to the provision of employment opportunities through the establishment of skills acquisition centres, where he said job seekers could be trained on ways to acquire necessary skills that
would enable them to make valuable contributions to national development.
The programme held at the Grace Obongawan Ekong Lecture theatre featured activities which include empowerment of participants by Airtel with recharge cards, exhibition of finished products made during the five-daytraining exerciseand presentation of certificates by the representative of Mr. Omon Ogude, Mrs Akinwumi Dunni to participants who distinguished themselves during the training programme.