A member of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Mathew Olaitan Babaoye (Irepodun Constituency), has spoken of his intention to solely sponsor 25 youths from his constituency on skill acquisition training and entrepreneurship.He said the reality had dawned on all Nigerians that it was a mirage to rely on white collar job.
Babaoye, who chairs the House Committee on Energy and Works, stated this yesterday during a tour of his constituency. He assured that the trainees would also be supported with requisite funds to start up businesses from what they have acquired during the training.
He also disclosed that about N1million has been earmarked for the procurement of West African Examination Council and Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination forms and other educational materials to be distributed to the less privileged in the constituency.
To this end, the lawmaker directed stakeholders in the political wards to submit names of two persons from each 11 wards of the constituency to enable them benefit from the gesture. Babaoye said the commencement of the scheme was in accordance with the pledge he made to the people before he was elected into office.
“Right from my electioneering campaign, it is part of my promise that I will not be far away from my people, I will have interactive session and give them dividend of democracy at least for voting me in. I need to go out to say thank you, I need to go out to appreciate them and I need to go out to give them the little I can in form of appreciation to complement the good gesture of our political leader”, he said.
On skill acquisition, the lawmaker said, “To start with, am looking at about 25 youth; two in each 11 wards while the remaining three will be selected randomly. Instead of just giving money each time I come around, they need to be trained in entrepreneurship work, and after this training, there will be money to start business rather than depending on white collar job”.
Babaoye, during the tour, visited five wards including Ajase 1 and 2, Oro 1 and 2 and Esie/Ijan, all in Irepodun Local Government Area of the state.