- Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has empowered 70 people with sewing machines and other tailoring equipment
- Ogunwusi decried most youths have found themselves perpetrating several forms of evil because of idleness and unemployment
- The monarch congratulated the beneficiaries and also urged them to make the best use of the opportunity they have been given
The Arole Oduduwa and Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, on Saturday, May 25, canvassed for capacity building for the teeming Nigerian youths as the lead way towards the prosperous future for the country.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng by Ogunwusi's director, media & public affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare, Ooni made this known at his Ile-Oodua Palace, Ile Ife.
Addressing the 70 graduants who were also empowered with sewing machines and other tailoring equipment, Ooni Ogunwusi decried the restiveness of the youths across the country which he attributed to idleness and unemployment.
Ooni, the co-chairman of the NCTRN made this known at his Ile-Oodua Palace, Ile Ife, while addressing a cross section of beneficiaries of the Ojaja Fashion Institute, which is one of the monarch’s initiatives through which youths are being trained to become professional fashion designers.
He said: “This initiative started as a simple training for Ile Ife youths, especially children of the poor but we had to transform it into an institute to accommodate more people across the country.
“Due to poverty and idleness, most youths have found themselves perpetrating several forms of evil, especially our young girls and ladies. Most of them resort into prostitution just to acquire basic necessities of life.
“I came up with this initiative because I realized that we are sitting on a keg of gunpowder as a society if our youths are not trained and mentored to gain financial independence and be able to fend for themselves.
“I want to congratulate the beneficiaries and also urge them to make the best use of this opportunity, while I implore their parents and guardians to support their dreams and aspirations.”
In his speech, the director of Ojaja Fashion Training Institute, Adeyanju Samuel lauded the African foremost monarch for his youth development and empowerment agenda, describing him as a God’s unique gift to the world.
Adeyanju who explained that the institute has since its establishment by Ooni trained several professional fashion designers, saying this will go a long way drastically reducing the level of poverty in the society..
He noted that Hausa, Ibo, Yorubas and other tribes of Nigeria have benefitted from the one year free training. He thus urged other philanthropists to emulate Ooni for the good gesture towards the less privileged.
Adeyanju also praised International Breweries, makers of Trophy lager beer and supporters for their material and financial contributions towards the success of the institute.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the Ooni of Ife said the greatest misfortune that has ever befallen Nigeria as a nation was the discovery of oil and gas.
Ogunwusi said this during a courtesy visit by the National Executive of Nigeria Tour Operators (NATOP) to the Ooni’s palace in Ile-Ife.
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