8th June, 2011
The former Chairman of the Committee on Infrastructure at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Saka Fafunmi, has tasked youths in the state to discourage themselves from believing that money could be made without hard work.
Fafunmi gave the advice while presenting computer systems and sewing machines to graduates of his training institute, which he runs free and has graduated over 400 students in various fields of computer knowledge, while 65 studied fashion designing.
According to the lawmaker, youths in the country no longer think of going to school or even learning a trade in order to earn a living, instead, all they care about is how to make quick money without working for it and because of this, they engage in internet fraud and other kinds of crime, adding that his gesture was to keep the youths in the area busy.
Fafunmi explained that since inception, the institute had turned out 1,000 graduates.
â€œBefore I became a member representing Ifako/Ijaye Constituency, I had already told them that within the ambience of my power, I would be able to touch as many lives as possible and in the last three years, over 1000 have benefited.
â€œThey now have the opportunity to make money for themselves, but the donation of the working tools is to further encourage and assist them to keep the profession going,â€ he said, adding that he was going to expand the programme this year with the establishment of one centre in each of the wards in the constituency.
Advising the graduates, he told them that they should make good use of their time and be serious with business.
Some of those that spoke with Assembly Matters expressed appreciation and prayed that the training programme would continue.
One of them, Stella Nweke, also called on well-meaning residents of the area to assist in the programme.