By Ayo Ajayi
Royal Image Outreach Centre International, also known as Royal Image Foundation, a Christian Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has organised an empowerment and skill acquisition programme for women and youths in Ota, Ogun State.
The programme, with the theme “Get Empowered through Skills” was one of its quarterly programmes, particularly for the third quarter of the year. It held on Saturday, September 26, 2020.
While welcoming participants and introducing the event, the Visionary and Coordinator, Professor Chinonye Moses said that the Foundation was out to save people out of poverty.
“It is a special organisation, being a Christian NGO. God said, ‘go out and raise me a responsible people, hence, the motto: Raising Responsible Citizens through Excellence and Light,” she said.
Professor Moses highlighted other programmes engaged in by the NGO which include counselling; online-messages; micro-savings; mentorship; computer literacy, women and youth forum and discussion group; seminars and workshops; incubation and apprenticeship; outreach to schools, churches and communities; scholarship; agricultural activities as well as conference and annual thanksgiving.
She informed the participants that the computer training would start in October 2020, while other skills would come up later.
At the empowerment/skill acquisition programme, participants were taught how to make biscuits, burns and doughnuts as well as disinfectants and bath wash.
The facilitator, Mr. Rowland Okoro enjoined the participants to always learn new skill, be innovative and strategise.
While speaking on “Skill Acquisition, The Way To Go,” Okoro noted that if they have skills, they would always know what to do. “Skill acquisition is the ability to do it right most of the time. Until you sharpen your skill, you cannot go far. Don’t stay on a spot, learn new thing, it may cost you money and time but it will add new things to you.” He explained.
He advised those who are still in school to ensure they learn a skill in order to be a job creator and not job seekers. “Whatever thing you learn, try to add something new to make you stand out among others,” he added.