Senator Ganiyu Olarewaju Solomon (APC, Lagos West) on Monday declared that no government can employ everyone seeking for employment.
Speaking in Lagos at a Town Hall meeting he organised to empower some youths of his constituency, Solomon explained that so much could be done to reduce unemployment through skills and aqquisition.
“Nigeria has so many unemployable youth because they lack skills. When people get skills, they have everything they need to start and stand in life,” he said.
The Senator announced that 382 youths from Lagos West Senatorial District were to receive their certificates for acquiring various skills. Addressing the recipients, Solomon said that those receiving the award certificates and financial support to take off, were in the pilot scheme group.
“I intend to train and empower more of our youth in the next quarter between April and June,” he said. He also urged them not to feel that any skill they acquired was saturated.
“There are about 150 to 180 million people in Nigeria. There will always be market for every skill,” he said.
In his speech, the Lagos State Interim Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Henry Ajomale, commended the senator, noting that millions of naira was spent to train the beneficiaries and to empower them.
Ajomale urged the awardees to realise the sacrifice being made by the senator to give them a new lease of life.
“This scheme and aquisition project is laudable and a very good idea to conceive for humanity,” the APC chairman added.
382 youths received certificates at the event for various skills including barbing, shoe-making fashion designing, bead making, make up, photography and cake-making among others. Each of the youths also received undisclosed sum as a start-off aid from the senator.
At the event were representatives of the Lagos state government and some chieftains of the APC in Lagos state.