By Mosunmola Ayobami,Kwara
A Non-governmental Organization (NGO), Oba Omo Twins Foundation (OTF) has been launched in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital.
The foundation set to address unemployment among all age groups and alleviate poverty through vocational training.
The Managing Director of the NGO, Omo Oba Adeyemi Adegoke while speaking with Western Post shortly after the launch of the foundation on Saturday in Ilorin, said his love for twins spurred him to name the foundation after them.
The Real Estate broker noted that it’s imperative to include vocational training before and after admitting students in tertiary institutions so as to bridge the gap and give them means of survival after graduation.
According to him, “You will all agree with me that twins are rare gift from God.
“It is rather unfortunate that many Nigerian parents see them as a burden and would rather take them out to beg for alms on our streets, markets or other locations.
“Such unfortunate development and other challenges and other challenges such as alarming rate of unemployment, youths unrest and high-level rate of poverty in our society are more reasons Oba omo twins foundation, the NGO was founded.
“With OTF, it’s our desire to get many unemployed youths and women off the streets through vocational training, mentorship, and empowerment.”
He said the foundation was founded to ameliorate the suffering of the masses as well as complement government efforts and make life more meaningful.
Adegoke disclosed that 38 persons have been trained in the foundation on multi-purpose liquid soap and bar soap while plan is on to commence body cream, hair cream,car wash liquid soap and more.
He urged Kwara state government, politicians, captains of industries as well-meaning Kwarans and Nigerians to support the foundation with equipment for the trainees.
In his goodwill message, the Kwara state Commissioner for Enterprise, Wahab Agbaje congratulated the NGO founder which was targeted at complementing government efforts in providing jobs opportunity for Kwara residents.
Agbaje who was represented by the Ministry Permanent Secretary,Hajia Halimat Eletu said the current administration has been clamoring for Public-Private Partnership(PPP),which if achieved would open more employment opportunities for Kwara residents.
Agbaje also said plans are on to introduce vocational training at various academic levels so as to make more people employers of labour and reduce crime in the state.
Earlier, the Oloba of Eju land, high Cheif Maroof Afolayan urged the state government to introduce entrepreneurship in the secondary School curriculum so that the students would be useful for themselves and the community at large.
“I want to urge the state government to introduce entrepreneurship into secondary School curriculum so that the students would be useful for themselves and the community at large,” he said.