Rep. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe (APC-Oluyole) says she has trained no fewer than 110 constituents in various entrepreneurship skills, as part of her constituency empowerment programme.
Akande-Sadipe, who is the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora, made the disclosure on Sunday during the graduation of the trainees at her constituency office in Ibadan.
The training was organised by the lawmaker in collaboration with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and Gio-Bisiano Nigeria Ltd.
More than 66 persons were trained in various skills, ranging from production of tie-and-dye attires (Adire), with practical sessions held in Abeokuta, Ogun State. while 44 persons were trained in weaving of local fabric (Aso-Oke) in Oyo town.
Akande-Sadipe said that the two-day training, initiated to empower participants in various entrepreneurial skills and make them self-reliant, featured youths and women.
She commended the trainees for their willingness to learn new skills and for their readiness to take up responsibilities.
“You have the zeal to learn. This shows you are serious and ready to take up the responsibilities of the future.
“The zeal I have seen in this programme connotes that Nigerian youths are not lazy at all. Rather, they need the opportunities and right environment to thrive,” she said.
Akande-Sadipe urged the beneficiaries to utilise their skills to improve their wellbeing, while teaching others, so that those around them could benefit from their knowledge.
The lawmaker said it was obvious that several hindrances and problems inhibited entrepreneurial development, adding that the training was organised to help her constituents to develop entrepreneurial abilities.
She said that the training would guide the trainees on how to start their businesses and effectively sustain their livelihoods, pledging sustained sponsorship for such trainings from time to time.
“This training consists of a structured training process to develop the beneficiaries as entrepreneurs. They would acquire requisite skills and necessary capabilities to play their roles in the society effectively,’’ she said.
She urged the trainees to access survival funds or loans provided by government to support citizens with small-scale businesses.
“Nigeria must be self-sustaining. You are the future of Nigeria; therefore, this training is essential.
“Our indigenous fabrics should be promoted for revenue generation and I have nudged the Federal Government to look inwards,” she said.
Some of the beneficiaries thanked the lawmaker for the training, saying she had demonstrated the virtues of a true leader.
The participants were given certificates of attendance, comprehensive training manuals and start-up capital.