By Akeem Abas
A non governmental organisation (NGO), Adegboyega Adegoke Resource Centre (AARC) has trained no fewer than 200 youths to be self-reliant and reduce poverty in Oyo State.
Chief Adegboyega Adegoke, the Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation made the disclosure during the graduation ceremony held on Wednesday in Ibadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Adegoke is also the Chief Financial Officer of OES Energy Services and Ajia-Balogun Olubadan of Ibadanland.
The graduands, who had acquired various vocational skills at the foundation, received cash and several work tools at the ceremony, including sewing machines, hair dryer, generators, laptops and computers.
Adegoke said that human development and capacity building are great recipe for eradicating poverty and social vices.
“The only way to minimise poverty and curb social vices among youths in the country is human development through vocational training and entrepreneurial skills,” he said.
He said that the training and empowerment would go a long way in reducing poverty, joblessness as well as attendant crimes among the youths in the society.
The CEO stressed that when youths are engaged and impacted with knowledge through vocational training, social vices and poverty would be reduced to the bearest minimum.
“There is poverty and unemployment in the land, coupled with the consequences of social vices.
“We can reduce poverty and social vices drastically if the government, corporate bodies, NGOs and individual philanthropists can invest in vocational studies, so youths will be engaged.
“In my own little way, I will continue to contribute to youth development and poverty alleviation.
“My foundation, AARC has devised a vocational training for youths in several aspects such as soap making, hairdressing, tailoring, computer and engineering to mention but a few,” he said.
Adegoke said that no fewer than 75 of the 200 graduands received their working tools as first batch in compliance with the COVID-19 protocols, saying two other batches would follow in the next few weeks.
“We have trained people on how to be self-reliant and to become entrepreneurers. This will help in alleviating the poverty level in the state and country at large.
“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 were also taught to imbibe saving culture,” he said.
Adegoke said that such programme, if replicated by other wealthy Nigerians, corporate organisations and government, could end youth unrest.(NAN)