Ex-NYSC member floats fashion institute, trains 100 youths free

By Ummi Ismaeel,

Nigerian youths have been encouraged to engage in skills that would transform them into successful entrepreneurs and become employers of labour instead of wasting their time waiting for non-existing government paid jobs.

An ex-NYSC member, Mr. Benjamin Emilola, gave the advice during the graduation of 25 new set of students who graduated from his fashion designing institute – The Big Ben’s Place – in Minna, Niger State capital, at the weekend.

Emilola, who is the Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Big Ben’s Place, off Mandela road, Minna said that he established the institute to train and encourage youths to establish businesses of their own.

As a graduate posted to Niger State for the one year mandatory National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) in 2014/2015 batch, Emilola said that he decided to add value to his stay in Niger State with the establishment of the institute to help government to reduce unemployment.

“There is no need blaming the government for lack of jobs when we can create jobs for ourselves,” he said.

Emilola, who said that his students underwent 30 days intensive training on how to design, cut and sow different designs explained, “I believe that if we have more people in handcraft, we are better-off for it. I came to Niger State determined to make a difference, adding value to the state”.

Nigerian youths weather educated or not should engage in skills acquisition and businesses that grow over time if well managed, Emilola said, expressing preparedness to train at least 100 young men and women to be self-reliant through fashion designing.

Emilola, who said his staff strength has increased in the past five years stressed, “I came to Niger state and I found the people very hospitable and accommodating and so I decided to add value to my stay in the state. I have decided to stay and make Niger State a home for myself”.

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