By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Ogun State Deputy Governor, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele has bagged an award for her outstanding support and contribution to the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Abeokuta Area Office, at its 2020 interactive forum with stakeholders.
Receiving the award, the Deputy Governor who was also the Chairperson of the event, revealed that Prince Dapo Abiodun’s developmental strides as articulated by its ‘ISEYA’ mantra was aimed at improving the livelihood of its citizenry, particularly in the area of youth empowerment and development.
She said the government was strategising on more ways to advance the economy of the State, especially in sectors that was key to improving Small and Medium Scale Enterprises.
Appreciating ITF for the award, Engr. Salako-Oyedele, called on well-meaning individuals and corporate organisations to join hands with the present administration to provide platforms through which vocational skills could be acquired to augment government’s efforts.
In her remarks, the State Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs. Kikelomo Longe, said government was committed to implementing all developmental programmes outlined for the actualisation of the ’Building our Future Together’ agenda, revealing that her Ministry was collaborating with some entrepreneurship development institutes, approved by the Central Bank of Nigeria to organise a 5-day intensive training.
She added that the training which would hold across the three Senatorial Districts of the State in January next year, would be for genuine entrepreneurs who were operating small businesses within the State.
Also speaking, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Afolabi Afuwape, said youths needed to embrace vocational skills, saying no country in the world could succeed without vocational skills.
He stressed the need for continued sensitisation and training of young ones, especially now that unemployment rate was very high and the era of white-collar job was over.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Area Manager, ITF, Abeokuta, Mrs. Funmi Coker, said the forum was one of the several strategies and initiatives of the agency was to bring together clients and stakeholders for interaction, adding that this year’s forum was first of its kind to be organised.