The wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, has advised students in higher institutions of learning not to neglect vocational and entrepreneurial skills.
According to her, being self-reliant is an additional advantage to their careers and academic pedigree.
Ambode said this on Saturday while commissioning a newly-constructed correctional centre for Junior Boys at Birrel, Yaba, Lagos.
She also handed out vocational tools to students from various correctional centres across the state, being those who underwent vocational training sponsored by the state government.
She said, “The state government has provided empowerment tools for students in various correctional centres, particularly those who have excelled in vocations like photography, tiling, vulcanising, tailoring, hair dressing, bead making and others. I believe that the tools being handed over to them by the government would keep them positively busy and make them live meaningful lives.
“Lagos State is not immune to social challenges and perpetration of vices by some criminally-minded individuals but this administration is doing the needful to redirect the attention of culpable children and youths and reintegrate them into the society.’’
In her address, the Commissioner for the Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, said that the inmates had been victims of societal disorderliness and faulty parental care before they were rescued and placed under the care and protection of the state government.
“These youths have sat for their professional examinations conducted by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity and they have been awarded certificates to practise different vocations as professionals.”
These are the people who would have been disadvantaged if not for the efforts of the state government. They have not only been awarded certificates, the government has also enhanced the possibility of their businesses taking off successfully,” she said.
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