300 youths get N10m tools in Ibadan
By Tayo Johnson
Ibadan North East Local Government Council yesterday distributed working equipment worth N10 million to 300 youths, who just completed its vocational training programme.
The youths, selected from the 12 wards in the council, were trained as computer operators, fashion designers, hair stylists, phone repairers, electrical installation and auto-mechanics.
Computer systems, sewing machines, washing basins, hair dryers, mechanical and electrical tools, among others, were distributed to them at the council’s headquarters on Iwo Road, Ibadan.
The council’s Transition Committee Chairman, Mr. Lukman Alatise, said the programme was aimed at reducing poverty.
He said: “Unemployed youths were selected from the 12 wards and trained to be self employed. The economic recession has created more hardship for our people due to an increase in unemployment. In view of this problem, the council executive came up with an empowerment programme, so that our people can be self-employed to meet up with present challenges.”
Alatise urged the beneficiaries to make the best use of the equipment, adding that the council would set up a committee to monitor their progress.
Wife of the Oyo State governor, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi, hailed the council for the gesture and urged the beneficiaries to put the equipment to good use.
She said: “Anybody who trains unemployed youths and provides job tools for them has put food on their tables. He has taught them how to kill the fish and not just giving them fish.”
Mrs. Ajimobi urged the people to continue to support the government to sustain the peace in the state.