The Kogi State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, has organised a three-day skill acquisition programme for over 150 youths and women in the state.
Osikoya, who organised the training through her NGO, Ladi Memorial Foundation (LMF), in Ileke Emonoja, Ogugu, Olamaboro LGA, told newsmen on Saturday that the support would enable the youth and women to be self-reliant.
The commissioner expressed excitement for the large turnout and the willingness of the participants to learn skills, start their own business and become employers of labour.
According to her, the inaugural vocational training programme is aimed at empowering youths and women, to contribute to the socio-economic development of the state and the nation at large.
“The training lasted for three days, and participants were trained on various skills such as pastries, like cake baking of different types and sizes, garment making, cooking, shoe making and designs.
“We have also encouraged participants to start small with what they have and growing it gradually to be self-reliant and becoming employers of labour,” she said.
Osikoya noted that the programme was championed by LMF in collaborations with Kogi Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, HETAN, TRCN, NABTEB, United Evangelical Church (UEC), communities, and instructors from Lagos.
In his remarks, the LGA Education Secretary, Mr Sunday Akor, said the skill acquisition programme was the first of its kind in the history of the local government.