The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has called for political and financial investment in developing the skills of young people in order to build a more just and sustainable future for all. ‘With the right skills, these young people are exactly the force we need to drive progress across the global agenda and build more inclusive and vibrant societies,’ he continued.
Speaking at a Youth Skills Workshop organized by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos and a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), ‘Yes-I-Believe Academy’, in observance of the first World Youth Skills Day, the Secretary General represented by the National Information Officer and the Officer-in-Charge of UNIC Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun, noted that ‘Skills development reduces poverty and better equips young people to find decent jobs.’
He added that ‘it strengthens youth capacity to help address the many challenges facing society, moving us closer to ending poverty hunger, injustice and environmental degradation.’
In his opening address, the Executive Director of Yes-I-Believe Academy, Mr Niyi Adekunle, urged the participants to maximize the skills training opportunity offered by the observance as that could be a turning point for greater achievement in their lives.
The Workshop featured training in Make-up; Cake making; Soft Furnishing; Beaded Jewelry; Fabric Accessories and Shoe making. The trainers were Mr John Olaolopin; Ms Oreoluwa Solana; Ms Nneoma Effanga; Ms Isi Onabolu; Mr Abiodun Folawiyo; Ms Yetunde Ifebogun and Ms Yimika Offo.