The leadership of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) Badagry West in partnership with Real Act of Kindness (RAK) Development Foundation on Saturday 4th December 2021 launched Badagry West Youth Academy to train youths in vocational skills.
The official launching of the Youth Academy which took place at Suntan Beach Hall, Badagry West Local Council Development Area, Lagos State, according to the NYCN Coordinator, is a platform created for empowering teeming youths in the area to be self dependent and economically free.
Speaking at the event, the NYCN Coordinator, Comrade Aladeotan David stated that Badagry West is the most vulnerable in Badagry region considering it’s territorial location noting that this calls for the need to launch the initiative to enhance human capital development.
“Badagry West LCDA is the most vulnerable in Badagry LGA considering our territorial location as the last and the first to Lagos State Nigeria. But however, we believe it is not a mistake but a blessing and opportunity that is yet to be tapped.
“The Academy is a platform created for building, training, impacting, mentoring and empowering the active and hopeful youths of Badagry West LCDA in enhancing nation building and development. The Academy is set to raise youths to be economically dependent and useful to family, friends and the nation at large”. He said.
David further stated that the understanding of the NYCN slogan “Build the Youth, Build the Nation” gave him the idea of how to build the nation which according to him, is centred on building individuals.
“I called my Excos and we sat down to break the slogan and realize that we can only build by impacting. That is what birth this innovation. We believe that a serious empowerment is nothing without working tools and as such, we shall spread out request across appropriate quarters to join hand with RAK Development Foundation in providing the tools”. He added.
In the same vein, the Pioneer, RAK Development Foundation who is the partner and sponsor of the maiden set of the academy, Mr. Mobolaji Ogunlende in his address stated that that opportunity has come for the youth to develop themselves, admonishing them to use the opportunity judiciously, adding that the organizer will do everything possible to support them at the end of the training duration by providing the needed tools.
“We are taking it step-by-step, whatever I can do, I will do it well to ensure a good outcome. I consent to do it, I must do it well, we may not provide tools for everybody, but we will do our best to empower you.
“When we are talking about development, we are talking about moving forward, we have to involve the youth, with empowerment and development. This initiative was born out of collaboration with NYCN Badagry West Chapter and the idea is to see how we can elevate, promote and develop our youths in Badagry West”. He said.
Ogunlende further charged youths to be passionate about growth and development by paying close attention to information and seizing opportunities that will benefit them at large rather than engaging in unproductive communication.
Also speaking, the Baale of Agbojetho, Chief Ajaneson Agemo JP thank RAK Foundation and the leadership of NYCN for putting together such initiative, noting that it is rare to come by. He therefore charged beneficiaries to make good use of it to enhance their development.
It was gathered that that academy was launched with Fifty (50) students who were selected across different communities in Badagry West LCDA through online and offline publications, with the screening for qualified candidates to undergo six months training in various vocational skills such as fashion design, hair dressing etc, which according to the organizer, will be carried out at the trainers’ respective workshop and offices, and tools will be provided for them at the end of the training exercise. Also, the event witnessed the presentation of award of recognition to the Pioneer RAK Development Foundation Mr. Mibolaji Ogunlende and Comr. Aladeotan David for their contribution to humanity.