Agency Sensitises Igbogbo Populace On Free Vocational Training

Kunle Adelabu

Residents of Igbogbo in Igbogbo/Bayeku Local Council Development Area of Ikorodu Division, Lagos State, Southwest, Nigeria, have been urged to take advantage of the free vocational training to add value to their lives.

To drive home this, the management of the Vocational Training Centre under the Agency for Mass Education, Lagos State Government, at the Rotary Club Vocational Centre, along Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Way, Igbogbo, on Monday, December 4, 2023, took to the streets, bus stops and markets to educate the residents on the need to register.

The new session will commence on January 8, 2024, while registration for all the courses are free.

Courses available at the centre are: Catering, Hairdressing, Fashion Design, Make-over & Geletying, Music, Phone Repairs, Digital Training, Barbing, Cosmetology, Embroidery, Event Planning and Decoration and Leather Works and Allied Products.

Staff and students of the vocational centre were seen on Monday, accompanied by the centre’s trained band boys, moving along the Asiwaju Bola Tinubu Way, and marching through Solawon Street to connect the lgbogbo/Bayeku LCDA Secretariat, as they visited shops and stalls along that axis and others at the council’s ultra – modern market/ motor park to sensitise people.

Mrs Kemi Kalesanwo, Director, Agency for Mass Education, Lagos State and Mr Waheed Kasali, Permanent Secretary, Office of the Special Adviser on Education joining the staff and students of the Rotary Vocational Center the other day in sensitising the public in the need to take advantage of the free vocational training in Igbogbo

Mrs Otitoloju Adenike Mosunmola, Coordinator, Rotary Vocation Centre, lgbogbo, speaking with THE IMPACT, said that the awareness and sensitization campaign was necessary to let people know that they can acquire vocational trainings free instead of wasting away their time doing nothing.

“We are out to sensitise the people on what we are doing here. We needed to let people know that out of the school youths can come here to add value to their lives by learning trades”, she said.

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“We have fashion designing, hairdressing, make – up & gel, cosmetology, drum class and catering among others. We have three, six and nine months courses.

Speaking on who can enroll, the vocational centre coordinator said that the free training is open to youths and adults.

“We are expecting all out of school children: those that are done with their secondary school education and waiting for results, awaiting admission and those that are waiting to be called to camp for service (NYSC). Generally, everybody that has nothing doing are welcome to add value to their lives.”, she said.

Coordinator, Rotary Vocational Centre, Mrs Otitoloju, educating residents on the importance of the free vocational training

“Also, full house wives and men that are doing nothing at the moment can use the next three, six or nine months to engage themselves. They should come and learn and they would gain a lot. These are the people that we are expecting”.

Mrs Otitoloju emphasized that the admission into the centre is free and urged interested candidates to register and join the next session in January 2024.

“They don’t need to bring anything. Admission here is totally free. All they need to bring is their passport for registration”, she said.

“This year is running to an end and we are embarking on our final practicals, so, we are expecting new intakes to resume with us on January 8, 2024. They should just come in themselves and register.

“We also have adult education for those that cannot read or write. They can come and learn how to read and write. All is free and we are expecting them”.

Sensitisation team at the Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA Secretariat

The Coordinator informed our reporter that the sensitization has commenced weeks back with the staff going to the recently concluded crusade organised by Pastor Mathew Ashimolowo, commissioning of the Passport Office, Igbogbo Day Celebration and other programmes, to senstise the populace.

Another staff, Mrs Adeshina, urging residents to register at the centre and also assist the agency in spreading the information.
A staff of the vocational centre engaging a resident at a park.

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