Three thousand five hundred youths from five Local government areas of Ogun West Senatorial district of Ogun State have been empowered with startup kits and startup funds of about one hundred and thirty million naira.

The empowerment programme in eleven vocations held at Ilaro, Ogun State was facilitated by the Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Senator Olamilekan Adeola.

The empowerment programme sponsored by the National Productivity Centre, Abuja would enable 3,500 beneficiaries to be trained in hairdressing, fashion design, leather work, and makeup artistry.

Others vocations are Catering, Fish Production, Interior Decoration and Event Planning, Agric Value Chain and Solar Energy Business.

Senator Adeola while speaking with journalists said the start-up fund and vocations kits that were made available to all the beneficiaries assist the youths and women to be self-reliant.

The Senator currently representing Lagos West and also the Senatorial candidate of Ogun West APC in the 2023 election said the intention of the programme was to take the people out of poverty in line with the federal government policy.

He said the empowerment programme would make the beneficiaries to be gainfully employed.

A former commissioner in Ogun State, Dr Kunle Salako while speaking on the programme commended the senator for empowering the youths and women noting that, such massive empowerment was the first of its kind in the area.

Some of the beneficiaries in an interview told Radio Nigeria that, the startup kits and funds would go a long way in helping them to be self-reliant.

The startup kit handed to the three thousand five hundred beneficiaries includes Hairdryer, Sewing Machine and Leather Sewing Machine.

Others are cooking gas cylinders, double-face gas burners, sets of pots and cooking utensils among others.

Wale Oluokun

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