…as Mamora, Sosan and Opeifa says he is #Nottooyoungtorun
Dayo Israel, the chairmanship candidate for Lagos Mainland Local Government on Monday, August 15, 2016, flagged off a skills acquisition & mentoring programme for residents of his constituency.
The training opening ceremony took place at Oyingbo in Ebute Metta, Lagos. The three weeks empowerment programme, organised in partnership with A Fresh Start Initiative, GLEEHD Foundation and Double Grace Development Initiative International, is targeted at school leavers, students, artisans, housewives, and unemployed adults who intend to learn to be self-dependent.
The program according to Mr Israel, aims to also promote sustainable livelihood, financial literacy and financial inclusivity as a tool for economic development, particularly in the areas of poverty reduction, employment generation, wealth creation and improving welfare and general standard of living.
Participants are being taught skills in hair dressing, bead making, makeup artistry, interior decoration, computer training, digital marketing, event planning, leather works, fashion design, wire works, chemical works, fish and snail farming, , traditional engagement package, graphic design, photography and video editing.
Speaking on the need for the vocational training, Mr. Israel said that he is not doing this as an electioneering tactics, but rather a continuation of an ongoing endeavour. “Organising training of this nature is what I do on a daily basis. I have been involved in advocacy and development for over 16years since my days at Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) to UNICEF, Save the Children and GLEEHD Foundation. I have only brought it closer to home so my community can benefit. I started a 6weeks vocational training here over 6years ago. With the rise of cultism, hooliganism and insecurity in the local government, it is important to engage residents especially the youth”, he said.
Commenting on the selection criteria for the trainees, Dayo said “the process was an open one for members of the public and not particularly those from Lagos Mainland Local Government. We allowed people pick forms to go for classes they are interested in. Some are still picking theirs presently and the aim is to train 10,000 for a three weeks period”.
He believes that the training is key to the economic emancipation of the residents. “We don’t intend to train and dump them. We will teach them branding and how to market their products. They will leave the training well equipped with the needed knowledge and skill to survive on their own. We will expose them. For example, the photography class will attend the world photography week event in Lagos while the cosmetic class will visit leading cosmetic centres and manufacturers in Lagos – this is part of the study visit segment of the program. We want them to be able to commercialise the skills acquired” he added.
He also intends to help them acquire government documentation such as NAFDAC approval for those interested in manufacturing products.
According to Mrs. Josephine Owuye, the President of the Double Grace Development Initiative International, “anyone who takes part in the intensive training will be fully equipped and can make informed decisions on their own based on what they have learnt.”
In addition, Dayo announced 9 (nine) $10, 500 (ten thousand five hundred USD) Red Hat Certification scholarship to young people from the Lagos Mainland Local Government Area by the Fresh Start Initiative. Red Hat training courses such as RHCSA, RHCE, etc. have long been considered to be the best certifications in acquiring skills for the open source Linux operating system. Knowledge of operating and managing a Linux system, helps professionals gain an edge over others.
“The young people will be picked from the 9 wards in the Local Government”, Dayo revealed.
He has also offered 10 scholarships to young entrepreneurs from the Local Government to attend an Entrepreneurs Masterclass at the Lagos Business School.
The training features a daily inspirational session headlining speakers such as Princess Sarah Sosan OFR, Senator Nimbe Mamora, Dr. Hafsat Abiola, H,E Onari Duke, Hon Kayode Opeife, Nike Ogunlesi, Chioma Chukwuka and more.
Speaking at the training, Lagos Former Deputy Governor Princess Sarah Sosan said Mainland was lucky to have produced a Youth like Dayo Israel, while Senator Mamora challenged the participant to use their gift to transform their destiny. On the other hand, Comrade Kayode Opeifa challenged the Youth to rise up and build the future, saying “with Youth like Dayo Israel, Nigeria’s future is safe.
Asked how his campaign is funded, He said, “Personally and through the support of friends and loved ones and most importantly divine provision. I already created a gofundme account on www.gofundme.com/dayoisrael to promote the cause.”
Dayo was born into the Abdulai Family in Olowogbowo (Agbole Baba Eleran/Baba Dudu) and the Banire Family in Ibita Ofin Lagos Island. His manifesto can be read on www.mainland.dayoisrael.com