Unemployment: MSSN Lagos To Train 600 Youths On Vocational Skills
The Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos State Area Unit has said that the current unemployment rate in the country spurred it to organise vocational training for youths.
The Amir (President) of the MSSN in Lagos State, Saheed Ashafa, said this in a press release ahead of the Holiday Training Course (HTC) Camp to hold between July 20th and 24th at Homat Comprehensive College, Igbogbo, Ikorodu, Lagos.
The vocational training, Ashafa said would be made available for Muslim youths who will be attending the camp are event planning/decoration; shoe making; soap making; baking and generator servicing.
Justifying the need for the training, Ashafa explained that it is one of MSSN Lagos' ways of assisting government to reduce the growing unemployment rate in the country.
The leader of Muslim students in Lagos State urged government at all levels to see youth empowerment as a major panacea for economic instability witnessed in the country.
He said, "The reality in today's Nigeria where many youths remained unemployed made us to include vocational training in the programmes slated for this year's edition of our annual Holiday Training Course (HTC) Camp. We are becoming more bothered and uncomfortable with the current unemployment rate. During the programme, we intend to train no fewer than 600 youths on six vocations, leadership and personality building.
"The theme for this year's camp, 'The Balanced Nation', is to deepen and ascertain that by following the dictates of Islam, especially its model for leadership, Nigeria will regain its strength and experience maximum development.
"With the training, we are desirous of creating a value chain that is capable of raising the economy of Lagos State and Nigeria. We have identified the serious need to empower people mostly in the grassroots, especially students on vocational training. If this is done on a large scale or consistently, we can predict the result would be transformational in a very short period."
Meanwhile, the MSSN Lagos has concluded plans to hold a reception the One-Day Governor of Lagos State and his cabinet members.
Ashafa said this was to encourage, celebrate and honour the the winners for their academic excellence.
He said, "In furtherance to the honour bestowed on the students by the Lagos State Government, we will also be holding a reception to honour the One-Day Gvernor and his cabinet members. The reception is scheduled to hold on Saturday, July 23rd at Homat Comprehensive College, Ikorodu, Lagos.
He said, "To the glory of Allah, the Muslim students were able to prove many critics wrong. They have been able to show that putting on the Hijab does not mean that you can't achieve in life and that what is being covered is not their brain.
"We salute the commitment of the state government in its effort to ensure continued support for sound education and development oriented policy in the sector. Particularly, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for his clear vision and unbiased gesture in making education accessible to adherents of all faiths and cultures in the state."
Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria,
Lagos State Area Unit.