BY IBRAHIM KEGBEGBE
The Lagos State Ministry of Youths and Social Development, Alausa, Ikeja in conjunction with Al-Abrar Innovation Technology (AJT) have concluded s a free computer training programme for youths.
The certificate-issuing ceremony held at Isheri-Igando, Lagos last Saturday with Imam Adam Raji, the chairman of Al-Abrar Foundation, saying that the idea was empowering youths with innovative ideas
He said Al-Abrar Innovation also aimed at ensuring that social creativity devoid of religious bias was made accessible to the community.
He said that the foundation had been engaging in humanitarian services to Muslims; Christians and pagans alike, for the past eleven years, noting that the Ministry of Youths and Social Development had been assisting the foundation in its empowerment outreaches.
“We the members of Al-Abrar Foundation appreciate Lagos State Government for their assistance. The parents of most of the beneficiaries are not helping their wards financially. So, some of the participants would have left the training if the Ministry of Youths and Social Development had not come to our aid,” he said.
Alhaja Oluwatoyin Agoro, representative of the Ministry of Youths and Social Development, said the current government in the state decided to partner the youths because it was in line with its programmes.
“I am very happy that the chairman and other members of the foundation have been judiciously utilising the funds and other benefits from the ministry,” she said.
Alhaji Abdul Rasak Abdul Azeez, the lecturer at the program, said the topic before him is: “Youths and the Challenges of the 21st Century”. He moved further, however, to say that he would prefer the topic to be: “Society and its Challenges”.
He said he had changed the topic because the youths are the society and the society belonged to the youths.
Abdul Azeez said one of the Challenges that the youths face is inability to have dream and work towards its achievement. He told the youths that all the prophets of God had dreams, noting that prophet Yusuf (Joseph) had dream and his dream was later accomplished despite the fact that he went through some challenges. So, he urged the youths to have dream and work towards it with divine intervention.
“Our parents are to be guiding us and we are not to be controlled by them. Most youths could not achieve their dreams because their parents dictated their ways for them,” he said.
Of the 32 that graduated, 29 were present for the certificate presentation ceremony.