Yabatech’s Skill Centre Certifies 83 Youths

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Yabatech’s Skill Centre Certifies 83 Youths

The Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech) Flexible Skills Development Centre has graduated 83 persons that have completed the flexible skills development courses in Vegetable Farming, Video Camera Operation and Editing. The programme was sponsored by Jaiz Charity Development Foundation. The centre, established by YABATECH in April 2016 in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), was aimed at developing and teaching of Non formal courses in the College. The graduates went home with tools and cash to start their own businesses. This, the centre’s Director, Dr Ibrahim Abdul, said is part of the institution’s community service to make people in the environment acquire skills for sustainable livelihood. “It also encourages the academic departments in the college to develop and offer flexible courses to learners with the aim of empowering them to be entrepreneurs”, Abdul said. YABATECH Deputy Rector Administration, Mrs. Titilayo Ukabam advised the graduates to start businesses with the skills acquired. That, she said, is the only way by which they can actualize what they have learnt. “This is the only way you can continue to grow because if you delay in starting, the tendency is that is that you will not actualize, and actualization is the key,” she said. She hailed them for their resilience in completing the training. She said; ”We are satisfied that you have acquired the skills to stand on your own. You can now contribute to the society as well as increasing your economic base without looking up to anybody or family members before you feed yourselves. “We expect that you should become employers of labour, we want to reduce unemployment in Nigeria.” Mrs. Ukabam thanked Jaiz foundation for sponsoring the programme. Jaiz Charity Development Chief Executive Officer Imam Abdullahi Shuaib, said the College’s programme was sponsored because it is in line with their focus area. Shuaib said, “We are happy showcasing a set of Nigerians, who are determined to show the good work that YABATECH has packaged for the whole world to see and you are now the ambassadors of this centre. Go out there and show the world that the programme is not only doable but can make a positive impact on larger society. With this, other people will give it the required attention and expand it beyond what it is today,” he said. According to him, the tools and cash given to the graduates were meant to help them start a business immediately. ‘’Without much ado, we have no doubt in our minds that you are all set to open a new page and to do something positive for yourselves,” he said. He urged the centre to monitor the activities of the graduates, promising those that excel more capital.