It was all joy on faces of beneficiaries and their well wishers as 45 graduates in Kwara state benefitted from the Sunday Babalola Empowerment Programme.
The Empowerment Programme was organized by the Igbomina National Students Union and sponsored by Engr Sunday Babalola.
The philanthropist empowered the graduates with items comprising 10 laptops; 10 sewing machines; 3 hairdressing dryers, 3 culinary ovens, and 3 digital cameras for photography; among other empowerment tools.
In his paper titled “Build the Youth; Build the Nation” Prof. Bashiru Omipidan of Centre for Open and Distance Learning, described youths as catalysts that will jumpstart Nigeria’s economy to greatness and propel national progress.
According to the professor of Euthanasia and Medical Ethics, University of Ilorin, when youth are neglected in any nation , then bandits, kidnapping will continue to be on the increase.
He therefore called on well meaning Nigerians to empowered the youths so as to keep them engaged and bestowed with a means of livelihood.
In his welcome address, the President of the Igbomina National Students Union, Bolaji Sodiq Akanbi commended the sponsor of the empowerment calling on all indigenes of Igbomina to emulate Babalola.
Akanbi stated that all beneficiaries were screened and selected on merit.
Speaking at the event, the president of Omo Ibile Igbomina, Engr Timothy Adebayo, charged political leaders, business magnates, religious leaders and technocrats to empower the youths.
He also charged the beneficiaries to use the facilities to build their future, noting that the day of white collar jobs are gone for good.
Hon. Teju Ishola , Special Adviser to Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, promised to pay the shop rent for the beneficiaries.
In his comment, Engr Sunday Babalola, who was represented by Comrade John Adegboye said youths empowerment remains paramount to him. He pledged to continue to do more to uplift the people’s status
Present at the event were traditional rulers, Oba Ibrahim Bolaji Yahaya, Olupo of Ajase-Ipo, Oba Abdulraheem Adeoti Olomu of Omuaran, Oba Solomon Oloyede, Olusin of Isanlu-Isin.