By Taofeek Adedeji
It was a dream come true for some youths in Lagos as the Inner Wheel District 912, Nigeria trained and empowered them with different vocational skills.
For the Inner Wheel, it was a fulfilment of promise and demonstration of commitment to lifting youths to be meaningfully engaged as they graduated and empowered the youths at their vocational development centre, in FESTAC, Lagos on Thursday
The youths were trained in different vocational skills such as tailoring, catering services, computer desktop publishing and coding, and hairstyling among others.
At the end of the training, the Inner Wheel provided the students with the key tools needed for their various areas of expertise by giving out brand-new equipment such as Professional Hair Dryers, laptop computers, baking machines and Sewing Machines.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony and empowerment programme, the District Chairman, Mrs Olushola Ashipa said the day marked another day of the organisation’s series of activities and services to humanity.
She said; “today we will be graduating and empowering twenty students across the fields of Fashion Designing, Computer Training & Coding, Hair Dressing and Catering Services. The beneficiaries have been trained and found fit to graduate and set up their outfits and this is the intention of the Inner Wheel.”
Ashipa added; “we have invested in you because we believe in you, so I implore you to believe in yourselves, and not to take all you have learned and our empowering you lightly. This is a serious, business life-changing opportunity. From today, start taking little steps and soon you might be able to empower and help other women in the near future.”
The chairman of vocational training, Mrs Josphine Nkiruka appreciated God for the success of the programme.
The chairman who is also the past District chairman of the organisation said the training and empowerment programme will help the beneficiaries to become self-dependent which she said is the objective of the programme.
She said; “this will help to improve their standard of living and will further help to reduce social vices in the society.”
She commended Mrs Ashipa for the success achieved in her administration despite the economic challenges of the country.
“I want to congratulate her on this project for its success, she was able to empower the youth in their various field despite the economic challenges.”
The beneficiaries appreciated and commended the Inner Wheel for impacting positively their lives to be self-reliant which will transform into being able to cater for themselves and their families.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Chioma Okereke said; “We thank God for today for making the empowerment a successful one and mostly we thank all the members of Inner Wheel for the great opportunities they’ve given to us, I’m so happy today to be one of the beneficiaries of the empowerment program because I have benefited a lot during the training session and now have been given the tool to work with, this I know it would change my standard of living and help me and others to be self-independent because I have my hand work now, am so proud of it.”