The Chairman, Board of Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) and former Deputy-Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Rev. Tunde Lemo will on December 28 launch ‘LEND A HELPING HAND’ empowerment initiative programme for the youths.
The Egba-born philanthropist and financial expert said the empowerment programme is an initiative to equip unemployed youth-graduates and non graduates with vocational skills that will help reduce unemployment problem in the country.
In a view to achieving this, he said that three reputable vocational institutions with track records for training programmes will be assisting the scheme.
According to him, “Peter Akinola Foundation: Youth Center for Industrial Training, Abeokuta; Auto medics, Ilupeju Bye-pass, Lagos and Etiwa Nigeria Limited, Lekki” were the vocational institutions.
Lemo hinted that the programme would initially cover specific disciplines in Auto mechanics, masonry and other construction skills; Agriculture, catering, fashion designing and, will also include enhancing the youths’ Information Technology capabilities which would accommodate up to 100 eligible youths per annum at the estimated cost of N25 million.
An account of this for a period of 5 years (2020 – 2024) will be a total cost of N125 Million in estimation.
Lemo explained that the scheme is breaking into moves that will enable more committed partners in the programme in different categories of Platinum, Gold and Silver with stratified numbers of youths and sponsorship.
He further claried that the programme would provide opportunities for other donors willing to assist but unable to participate at the partners’ categories to indicate level of donations either as one-off or annual commitment.
Reverend Lemo stated that all contributions would be accounted for; annual reports would be made available to all ‘Partners and Donors’ appropriately and all donations would be made via payment of tuition fees to the participating institutions.
He concluded that all administration and associated cost of running the initiative would by himself and family.