UNDP Institute urges Sanwo-Olu to Promote Vocational Training * Graduates Students

The Programme Coordinator of UNDP Vocational and Educational Training Institute in Oshodi -Isolo Local Government of Lagos state, Mr. Babatunde Ogundiran has advised the newly sworn-in Governor of Lagos State, Mr.Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to promote vocational training in the state.
Delivering his welcome address at the 13th graduation ceremony of the institute recently, Mr. Ogundiran said such step could help in tackling unemployment and youth restiveness in the area.
Ogundiran, urged the graduands to put into proper utilisation the knowledge and skills acquired in the course of the programme, saying if well-harnessed, the vocational training would put them in the vintage position to compete favourable in various industries.
He further stated that formal education or certificate from tertiary institutions was not enough to compete favourably in the 21st-century labour market without the exceptional survival skills.
He said the vision and mission of the institute was to reconcile the lacuna by producing viable and economic functional members in the society.
The Chairperson of Oshodi-Isolo Local Government, Mrs. Sarah Bolaji –Ariyoh, in her speech asserted that vocational training and skills acquisition remained a panacea for unemployment in Nigeria.
She said in finding a lasting solution to the challenge of the unemployment, government, private individual and corporate organisations must look for a way of revitalizing vocational education and skills acquisition through which the creative mind could be empowered to explore and bring into use their potential of creativity.
According to her, “I implore you all not to relent in learning new ideas which will help your innovative and invention mind.
“Gone are the epoch that people think it is only white collar jobs that are lucrative with the radical paradigm shift now, people with skills are the one controlling the global market and also an emerging as the largest employer of labour.”
Delivering a special keynote address, the Deputy Managing Director, CFAO Motors, Mr.Kunle Jaiyesimi,
emphasised the importance of vocational education in a challenging economy like Nigeria, saying that unemployment was on the increase while possible solutions were suggested in curbing the menace of unemployment via vocational training and skills acquisition.
Speaking in the same vein, the pioneer coordinator of the centre, Hon. Wale Adelana appreciated the grandaunts for resolving to become problem solvers through the creation of jobs.

* Below is a brief story on the man behind the UNDP Programme, Mr. Babatunde Ogundiran.
Babatunde is a creative manager with international experience and proven achievements across Government, Private and Non-profit Sectors. A strategic thinker with the self-confidence to implement business solutions that delivers growth and team cohesion. He is energetic, innovative and determined to succeed.

Babatunde is passionate about Leadership, HR Consulting, People Management, Policy planning and Strategy. He’s also interested in politics and public affairs and a firm believer in the transformation and re-engineering of Africa by developing human capital potential.

Able to harness entrepreneurial approach to motivate people, make a change and achieve purposeful results.

He is best described as an extraordinary blend of easy going charm and ferocious intellectual capacity.

Training & Development (Capacity Building), HR consultancy, People management, Change Management/Business Re-engineering, Performance Management Design and Implementation, Strategy Reviews.


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