Mrs. Christiana Obantherea, official of Lagos State, enrolled in the free skills acquisition program of the National Festival of Arts and Culture currently taking place in Lagos in preparation for her retirement.
Obanya told the Nigerian News Agency on Saturday that he signed up for the program to plan for retirement in 2023.
The civil servant trained in making soaps and skincare products noted that she was passionate about the craft as she intended to start a skincare team when she retired.
She thanked the program organizers and said the training session was interesting and educational.
“I am happy to be able to benefit from this free skills acquisition program. I thank the organizers.
“With this, I was able to save a lot of money that I would have spent on this training. Now I plan to start a business after completing the training,” she said.
Another trainee, Muibat Shittu, 52, expressed enthusiasm for the skills she learned, saying she was automatically lifted out of poverty.
Shittu, a Lagos State Waste Management Agency worker who earns 25,000 naira a month, said she was optimistic soap making would be more lucrative for her.
“Venturing into the production of antiseptics, air fresheners and shampoos will lift me out of poverty. It will also help me feed my children, whose nutrition has been my biggest challenge,” she said.
A lawyer, Ms. Emily Olagunju from Kogiwho signed up for basketry, said she can now make baskets, small cutlet baskets and other types of baskets.
Olagunju noted that basket trading was not common and would be a lucrative new business.
“I just want to learn as many skills as possible and hope to make some sales this holiday season,” he said.
Chief Olusegun Runsewe, chief executive of the National Arts and Culture Council, which organizes the festival, said more than 450 youths from Lagos State had been trained in various skills.
Runsewe said the skills learned included makeovers and tying hairstyles, making beads and straw hats; shampoo for making soaps, air fresheners, sewing and “ankara” crafts; traditional hairstyles, paper flower crafts, skin care and basket weaving.
He urged young people to aspire to become entrepreneurs who will allow them to be officially independent and to become responsible citizens.
He said that through hard work and dedication to improving their skills, the youngsters would register success.
Runsewe also advised young people to focus, citing people who had achieved success with certain skills.
informs that the 35 NAFEST started on November 7 and will end on November 13.
Its theme is: “Culture and peaceful coexistence”.
Source of credit: NOPE