Segun Showunmi in Ibadan
An Ibadan Chief, Adegboyega Adegoke has called on the government and Non Governmental Penpushing Organisations to invest in human development and youth vocational training, saying this is the only way to minimise poverty and reduce social vices in the country.
Penpushing reports that, the Ajia-Balogun Olubadan of Ibadan land, pointed out that investment in human development and youth vocational training will go a long way to keep the youths off the streets.
The foundation, Adegboyega Adegoke Resource Centre (AARC) , Ibadan, just completed the training and empowerment of over 200 youths with requisite entrepreneurial skills and were provided with working tools to be self-reliant
Penpushing further reports that, he stressed that when youths are engaged and impacted with knowledge through vocational training and studies, social vices and poverty would be reduced to the barest minimal.
The Ibadan chief while urging states and federal government to invest more on vocational studies, insisted that government can reduce social vices among the youths through handiwork rather than focusing alone on white collar jobs
“There is poverty and unemployment in the land coupled with the consequences such as social vices, which we can reduce drastically if the government, corporate bodies, foundation and individual philanthropist can invest in vocational studies, by doing so many youths will be engaged and they will be far away from social vices, that can dent their image and that of their families’,he said.
“In my own little way I am contributing to youth development and poverty alleviation, my foundation, Adegboyega Adegoke Resource Centre has devices a vocational training for youths in several aspects such as candle and soap making, hairdressing, chalk making, tailoring, computer engineering, POP and others’.
“We are presenting working tools to about 75 of them today, out of 200 as first batch to follow Covid-19 protocol, another two batches will follow in the next few weeks time. Parts of what we are distributing include sewing machines, hair dryer, laptops and computers, generators, cash and other working implements’.
“We have trained people on how to be self-reliant and to become an entrepreneur. This will help in alleviating the poverty level in the state and country at large, and to generate income for themselves. The way the country is going now, you cannot rely on white collar job’.
“We are also orientating the beneficiaries to be self-reliant instead of waiting for white-collar jobs that we all know are not there. They will be taught to have a saving culture. This kind of programme will put an end to youth unrest because when youths are gainfully engaged, they would not have time for unproductive activities like engaging in violent acts and all that”.