Hon. Olawale Partners FIIRO, Empowers 300 Constituents
A total of 300 residents of Mushin II constituency are set to be technologically empowered in order to create a paradigm shift for them to move up the ladder from being job seekers to employers of labour at this time of national economic downturn.
The laudable two pronged programme initiated by Hon. Olawale Olayiwola, a member of the Lagos state House of Assembly, representing Mushin II was tagged ‘Computer Training/Agro Empowerment Scheme’.
The skill acquisition/ personal enhancement scheme was held in conjunction with Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO) with Mr. Rasak Ogundeji from the Techno Economic/ Entrepreneur division on hand to sensitize participants.
Hon. Olawale, who chairs the House Committee on Home Affairs noted that a
total of 200 constituents were scheduled to go through the two months intensive socio- economic status to boost a training programme targeted at churning out employers of labour, while another 100 will benefit from the computer literacy scheme.
According to Olawale, “we believe our people should be self-employed. This remains our major drive for initiating this programme, collaborating with FIIRO here in Mushin.
“FIIRO has lots of technological know-how that participants can harness. Lots of products are in our markets now and are even exported. This is borne out of FIIRO’s manufacturing capabilities. Ayoola poundo yam, and other yam flour brands, bottled palm wine and more are some of FIIRO’s success stories.
“This is an attempt to afford the people another poverty alleviation scheme, which will make them self reliant; it is a scheme that will outlive me.
“We will pay for your training and also give computers to individuals who excel in the process free of charge.
” I can account for 1400 graduates of our computer training package since inception in 2002. So, this won’t be an exception, as viable computer skills beyond the surface will be made available such as web designing, corel draw, photo editing and more”.
The lawmaker also noted that the skills acquired, above all, will help prepare the constituents to key into the N25bn Lagos state empowerment scheme, which will start doling out loan facilities to start-up entrepreneurs.
The Sole Administrator of Mushin Local Government, Hon. Yinka Osho, while speaking to newsmen said that the scheme was a laudable one, especially with the involvement of FIIRO.
“I plan to take up the collaborative opportunity in FIIRO at a larger scale soon for the benefit more people in this area,” he said.