YPNI trains 500 Ogun Youths on Entrepreneurship, Skills Acquisition
A Non-Profit Organization, Young Progressives Nigeria Initiatives (YPNI) on Friday the 16th of June 2017, in furtherance to the opening session held in April 2017 completed its three months training centered on Entrepreneurship and Skills Acquisition for about 500 Youths in Ogun State.
The training took place at the Event Auditorium domicile inside the main bowl of Otunba Dipo Dina Stadium in Ijebu-ode.
The organization, one of whose major objective is to define, redefine and impact societal core values on the youths aimed at encouraging and promoting a sense of patriotism and nationalism among progressive-minded young Nigerians, declared the training closed with a no-hold-barred session between the trainers and the trainees.
The training which was held in collaboration with a non-profit group, the Joint Effort for Advancement of the Nigerian Society (JEANS), cut across Decoration and Events Planning, Fashion Designing, Handcraft, Soap Making and Civic Education, amongst others.
In an interview with our correspondent, a participant, “Mrs Favour Badmus” expressed her appreciation to YPNI for bringing the program to Ijebu. In her words, Badmus said: “I got to know about this NGO in late 2016. Since then, my affiliation with the organisation has been fruitful, productive and rewarding. Professionally, I am into soap making but I enrolled for this program to learn Events Planning and Decoration so as to diversify. Today, I return all glory to God and to the leaders of YPNI for what they have been doing to ameliorate the suffering of the people in this area through capacity development”.
Another participant, Miss Elizabeth Ogbodiye who enrolled in Fashion Designing said she decided to take part in the programme in order to build herself professionally before going to University. In her words, the 18 years old lady said “today, i want to say that i am far better than my contemporaries whom we passed out from secondary school together.”
In his address, the Convener/National Coordinator of YPNI, Mr. Adekunle Osibogun, a Legal Practitioner by profession, said the training was organized to change the approach of Nigerians to unemployment and poverty, and for reorientation of the values of the younger generation towards self development.
He advised the participants to use their already learned skills with commonsense, charging them to always situate their businesses where there is potential for sales. Also, they should invest in what people want and not what they, the investors, like.
Osibogun, a native of Ijebu-ode also spoke about branding and rebranding of products towards profit maximization, conceptualization of trademark, tax management, quality and timely delivery of jobs, customers’ relations, civic education, record keeping, etc.
The Human Rights Activist turned lawyer advised the participants to always be sincere and consistent with their customers on work delivery, stating that lying to customers connotes an antithesis of integrity.
The project coordinator of YPNI in Ogun State, Prince George Gbadejo in a chat with news men after the training said the organization has constituted a monitoring team that will ensure that the participants effectively makes use of the training that they have acquired.