A Non Governmental Organisation, The Tunde Lemo Foundation, has trained no fewer than 100 youths in different vocational skills in Lagos and Ogun states in the past one year.
The foundation was founded by the Egba-born philanthropist and former deputy governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Tunde Lemo and wife about 20 years ago.
The training is being done in partnership with reputable vocational institutions with proven track records including the Peter Akinola Foundation, Youth Centre For Industrial Training Abeokuta, Automedics, Ilupeju Bye Pass, Lagos, Etiwa Nigeria Limited, Lekki and CBC Netcomms, Lekki. Lagos.
He added that the institutions have not only helped in the training and development of the affected youths, but also in their development as well as their employment.
The youths have been trained in disciplines such as auto-mechanics, masonry and other construction skills, agriculture, catering, fashion designing and key information technology capabilities.
A member of the foundation, Chief Reuben Sogaolu, disclosed this on Thursday during the graduation of 138 youths who acquired skills in six different vocations from Peter Akinola Foundation for Youths Centre For Industrial Training, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
Sogaolu, expressed delight that 43 of the graduands were sponsored by the Tunde Lemo Foundation in the vocational institution.
According to him, the goal of the Tunde Lemo Foundation is to train 100 youths yearly and said since the inauguration of the ”Lend A Helping Hand” programme till date, the foundation has trained 150 youths spread across Ogun and Lagos states.
Lemo, charged graduands to be self reliant and engage themselves in programmes that will develop them as well as satisfy the country’s manpower needs.
He disclosed that one of the principal aims of the foundation is to bring 100 indigent Nigerian youths out of the streets on annual basis and make them become useful to themselves and the country at large.
He however, admonished the graduands to justify the confidence reposed in them by the foundation so as to spurt the organizers to do more for others.