Some students at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) have established a platform to train youths.


The students, who are members of the Helpmates Foundation (THF), organised the maiden skill acquisition seminar at the Ilupeju secretariat of the Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Lagos State.

The event, with the theme: Beyond the spheres, was attended by pupils, undergraduates and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members.

THF founder, Rasheeda Opere, a 200-Level Biology Education student, said the seminar was aimed at preparing school leavers for future challenges.

She said the foundation was committed to helping youths in identifying their potential and making the right decisions in their academic careers.

Rasheeda said: “Beyond the sphere implies the dynamics and complexity of the challenges beyond the four walls of the classroom. As school leavers or graduates, we need to focus on our potentials if the white-collar jobs are not forthcoming. For pupils, we want to help them make right decisions in choosing career. This is to ensure we study disciplines that go with our passion.”

In his goodwill message, the Executive Secretary of the LCDA, Hon. Rasaq Ajala, urged the participants to be optimistic about their future, advising them to be focused and passionate.

Ajala hailed the initiative, saying that the foundation took the right decision to invest in intellectual development of the youths.

Facilitators at the seminar included an international life coach, Mr Abdullah Davies and Chief Executive Officer of Deryne Couture, Mrs Aderinsola Adio-Adepoju.

Davies urged participants not to be distracted by the quest for material acquisition, adding that hard work and passion would make them attain their goals early. “Seek advice from counsellors and career experts in your fields,” Davies charged.

Adio-Adepoju advised the participants to leverage on their youthful age and avoid exuberance that could prevent them from achieving their dreams. She said youths must invest in training and skill acquisition to bring out the traits of creativity and entrepreneurship in them.