Rep. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe (APC-Oluyole), says she has trained no fewer than 110 constituents on various entrepreneurship skills as part of her constituency empowerment programme.
She made the disclosure on Sunday in Ibadan during the graduation of the trainees at her constituency office in Ibadan.
Newsmen report that Akande-Sadipe is the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora.
The training was organised by the lawmaker in collaboration with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and Gio-Bisiano Nigeria Limited.
Newsmen report that 66 persons were trained in various skills ranging from tie and dye (Adire) with practical session held in Abeokuta, 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.
The lawmaker applauded the trainees for devoting their time to learn and for showing readiness to take up responsibilities of the future.
“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.
She urged the beneficiaries to utilize the opportunity judiciously and take steps to teach others so that those around them will benefit from their knowledge.
Akande-Sadipe said it was obvious that several hindrances and problems inhibited entrepreneurial development, saying the training is to help constituents develop entrepreneurial abilities.
The lawmaker said that the training will guide the trainees on how to start their businesses and effectively sustain their livelihood, promising to sponsor the training from time-to-time.
“This training consists of a structured training process to develop them 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 Nigerians that are into 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 inward,” she said.
Also, beneficiaries of the training programme thanked the lawmaker for the gesture, saying she had demonstrated virtues of a true leader.
Newsmen report that participants were given certificates of attendance, comprehensive training manuals and start-up funds.