It was all smiles on the faces of residents of Ajeromi/Ifelodun local government area, as they watched with joy, the graduation ceremony of their sons and daughters after weeks of intensive skill acquisition programme. The skill acquisition and empowerment program was organized
and sponsored by Dr Oladipupo Wilson Diriwari, a legal practitioner based in the United Kingdom.
In a congratulatory message read on his behalf by Hon Ikandu Bolaji, Coordinator 2, Liberation 2023, Ajeromi / Ifelodun , Hon Diwari admonished the graduants to use the skills they have acquired to help contribute their quota to the economic growth of the country. He reminded the Ajeromi/Ifelodun people that the event being witnessed was part of his promise at the peak of his struggles, to help the less privileged in finding their footing.
His words, ‘’ during the period of my small scan empowerment program some years back, I promised to gainfully engage our youths by encouraging skills acquisition and technical training so as to make them self-employed’’.
‘’No government in the world has ever been able to engage her youths without the support of the private sector and spirited philanthropists. It was therefore on this premise that we resolved in
giving our teeming youths the necessary skill acquisition and empowerment programs that will make them job creators instead of being job seekers.
‘’This is the line that we have decided to follow hence, the need for this programme that we have all gathered here for. It may therefore be worthy to note that each of the 11 wards of this constituency have many representation among the graduants. Similarly, resources have been
made available for them to kick start their businesses and put into practice what they’ve learnt in the last two Weeks.
It is therefore my honor to congratulate all the gradaunts as they are being certified to have fully acquired the skill’’.
In his speech, a PDP chieftain, Elder Israel Ogunride, a former Elders Council Chairman of the party in Ajeromi/Ifelodun , asked the gradaunts to make good use of the skills they have acquired. While thanking the facilitator for his courage, he said this is a sign of good omen of things to come in 2023 if Dr Diriwari is given the opportunity to fulfill his ambition. He used the opportunity to encourage party loyalist not to leave the party.
Present at the event was the Divisional Police Officer of Layeni Police Division, CSP Grace Ezeh who said that it was encouraging to see good spirited Nigerians like Diriwari use their resources to train others and tasked the graduants not to put the certificates in their boxes but to utilize the skills they have acquired. She added that her presence at the event was to ensure
the training ended peacefully.
Another guest present at the event, CSP Hakeem Fijabi, the Officer in charge of XSquad SCID, Panti, Yaba, Lagos, said he was not surprised by the gesture from Hon Diriwari as they have been friends for 26 years. The programme he said will go a long way in solving the unemployment situation in this part of the state.
Ajiwe Moshood, the former Caretaker Committee Chairman and member of the Elders Council, said with this kind of programme, the PDP will not be afraid of matching the ruling party in terms of achievements. This he added will help them to put more energy in strategizing for
victory, knowing that their home front is already settled. He said this development might be the reason why the APC is already jittery over the upcoming election.
The Chair of Chair, Deacon Chris Uwanyerem In his own speech said, “the programme is worthy of eulogizing but I want to employ the graduants to ensure they put into practice what they had learnt’’.
One of the resource persons, Mrs. Omude Adesewa who taught the students catering, said it was worthy of praise that Diriwari could sponsor such a large number of people to learn catering because she charges between sixty thousand to eighty thousand per head to teach. If you calculate that by the number of people he sponsored, you would have an idea what he had expended.
Mrs. Adeyanju Anuoluwapo Azeezat, another resource person, who handled the students
in home use management said she has put into the graduants skills to help them in making both bath and washing soaps. She said the training would have caused each student about thirty five thousand but that was settled by the facilitator, Hon Diriwari.
Atiku Ajoke, a make- up artist and one of the resource persons said the students should count themselves lucky for seeing somebody who taught them how to fish rather than give them fish. She said Diriwari has given them a lifetime lifeline and they should put it to good use.
For Oleka Angela, a beneficiary of the programme, it is an answered prayer because she was
scouting for money to undergo the training elsewhere, when somebody informed her of this free training. She was not only trained but also empowered with tools to start. She prayed that God will continue to reward Dr Diriwari for his magnanimity.
Another beneficiary, Agbaje Suleimon Olatunde, said he was overwhelmed by what Dr Diriwari did. Olaatunde who acquired skills in website designs and hoisting, printing of fliers and banners was also empowered with a laptop to start off.
The programme Supervising Coordinator and PDP ward H Chairman, Hon Kabiru Adewale Adebiyi charges the graduating students to put to good use what they have learnt.
“The only way you will be reassuring Hon Diriwari that he has not wasted his hard earned resources is by utilizing both what you have learnt, the tools and equipment given you for the relevant programs you trained on because it will go a long way to augmenting a new lifestyle in the new normal that Nigeria has found herself,” he said.
Tools given the graduants include computer laptops, baking instruments and cooking utensils and Hon Kabiru promised there are quite a lot more that Dr. Diriwari has in stock for the Constituents and especially the youths.
Other PDP dignitaries at the event includes: Chief Sunny Mene,Aare Taju Balogun,Daud Babalola and Tunde Anjos who represented Hon Oghene Egho, a member of the Federal House of Reps.
The beneficiaries were empowered in skills like: Computer – web designing, general computing, catering – cake making, doughnuts making, chin chin & general cooking. Others are Makeup – gele tying, nail fixing, bead making and home management – liquid soap, izal, air
freshener and sanitizer
Dr Oladipupo Wilson Diriwari, a practicing lawyer in the United Kingdom is a PDP hopeful for the 2023, House of Representatives seat under the Ajeromi/Ifelodun Federal Constituency, Lagos State. In the last few years he has embarked on a number of philanthropic projects.
Key among them are: rebranding of the PDP Secretariat in Ajeromi/Ifelodun LGA, purchase of free GCE forms for students and awarding scholarships to many students residing in Ajegunle. He has also supported the widows financially, provided palliatives in form of
food, hygiene materials and financial support to some Ajegunle residents during the COVID-19 lockdown. He has made financial donations and festival gifts to constituents, among many others.