Union, Kwara Polytechnic Flag-off Skill Acquisition Programme
The Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union (IEDPU), in conjunction with Kwara State Polytechnic, on Thursday flagged off Skill Acquisition programme for 250 indigents of Ilorin Emirate.
The youths are to be trained in Paint Production, soap making, tie and dye, beads making, air freshener, tailoring, POP ceiling, hair dressing among others in three months, when certificates will be issued to the trainees.
In his opening remark, the IEDPU President, Alhaji Ahmed Hadi, said the programme is first of its kind since the inception of the union over 50 years ago.
He said the aim of the programme was to help address the growing unemployment rate in the country especially during this period of recession.
Alhaji added that the period when jobs wait for graduates is over hence the need to training people to become self-reliance rather than job seekers.
The IEDPU President explained that government cannot drive the economy, adding that only a private driven economy can drive the country out of recession.
He said the institution was chosen because of the state of the heart equipment in the polytechnic, adding that it is going to be an annual exercise.
“The success of the programme depends on you (trainee), and we will continue to monitor you.
“If you have problem along the line, please let us know, we will assist you.
“Please count yourselves lucky because over 2000 of you applied for the programme” Hadi said.
Alhaji Hadi explained the union has paid due for all the participants.
In his address, the Rector of the Polytechnic, Alhaji Mas’ud Elelu, said the partnership with IEDPU is an indication of the union’s confidence in the skils training offered by the institution.
He explained that towards the end of 2010, the polytechnic was able access TETFUND to put up a befitting Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC), for 2009/2010 projects intervention.
Elelu said the project was aimed to pursue the new vision of the management by ensuring that students become job creators / self-reliance and not job-seekers after graduation, by acquiring additional skills that make them productive and financially independent.
He explained that the management has introduced trades in Paint Production, soap making, tie and dye, beads making, air freshener, tailoring, POP ceiling, hair dressing among others in line with National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) syllabus.
“Let me state boldly that Nigeria has all it takes to actualize its dreams, but if we want the economy to grow.
“The people must grow by making Human Capital Development realizable goal.
“In order to solve the problem of unemployment and shortage of skilled man-power plaguing our country, skill acquisition must be in the fore front by empowering our youths to be job creators rather seekers” Elelu said.
Speaking on behalf of the trainees, the Team Leader, Kazeem Ahmed, said the trainees will justify the confidence reposed in them by not disappointing the union and the polytechnic.
He pledged that the trainees will be good ambassadors of the union and the institution.
Ahmed promised that the trainees will come out in flying colours that will make them train others.