In a society where getting a job is difficult, and for those who have the jobs, their take home pay is never enough to cater for their needs, acquiring skills to be an entrepreneur is therefore indispensable. After acquiring the skills, having the tools to work and make a living from it is in most cases a major challenge to many.
But some Nigerians now have reasons to be excited as business tools like sewing machine, hair dresser, clipper, cash and lots more were handed them following the completion of their training.
Hope Builders Skills Development and Acquisition Foundation (HBF) has been training Nigerians on skill acquisition and how to be an entrepreneur.
Over 20 youths and women graduated in July, and were handed their certificates, cheques, and most importantly, tools to start their own businesses .
Director at HBF, Mrs Folake Adu said the foundation, which began in 2003, has trained over 2000 youths and women, who she said most of them are doing well as their own bosses. She thanked MMM Nigeria for sponsoring the initiative with #1,285,000 to carry out the event.
“Beneficiaries will be monitored to ensure they effectively make use of the tools given them so that they can be their own bosses. ”
MMM Charity coordinator, Amaka Benson expressed their gladness for supporting the initiative which is one of the ways they can give back to the society. In her speech, MMM Nigeria is glad to participate in assisting the less privileged and putting smiles on their faces.
The Keynote speaker at the tools presentation event, Professor Martins Anatekhai, who is the Director of Entrepreneurial Studies at the Lagos State University, congratulated the beneficiaries and advised them to make good use of their new skills.
Represented by Dr Saka Rahman, Anatekhai said “If you get trained and empowered, you are your own boss. I beg you beneficiaries, don’t sell these tools, use it to work, get busy to assist yourselves and families.”
“When I get back, I will tell the director that we need to collaborate with Hope Builders Foundation to help take more people out of the street and give them meaningful existence.”
He advised them to be patient, committed, consistent, put more efforts and be prayerful, adding that results will surely come.
One of the beneficiaries of sewing machine, Joy Johnbul said she is glad to receive the tool as it will help her make something in life. She thanked Mrs Adu for putting the programme together and also appreciate MMM for contributing to buy the tools.