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Sualiho Sayo Sheriff, one of the young graduates said before enrolling into the National Youth Commission’s Obasanjo Skills Acquisition and Transformation College, he was into welding. Graduating with a Diploma in Public Health, he described the day as the happiest in his life. Amongst the things he was taught were first aid, food inspection and maintaining a healthy body.

Sualiho said he was been inspired to pursue a degree course in Public Health. Even as he applauded the Youth Commission for providing such an opportunity to young people he noted that there were not enough lecturers and the lab was underdeveloped.
Over 2000 young people have gone through this college since it began operations in 2011 said the Principal Alhajie Suliaman Fofanah. He informed the gathering that the graduates were offered placement for two weeks internship in various institutions. Mr. Fofanah said the said “graduates will not only produce academic excellence but also a good virtue of transformation.”
UNDP Team head of Inclusive Growth, Gulam Sherani spoke on UNDP’s support to government for young people in the country through various projects.

He said the UNDP will continue to support government and state institutions in order to promote

promote youth development, enhanced livelihoods and fostering social and economic recovery in the country. Addressing the graduates, Mr. Sherani said “we therefore encourage young people to positively come on board and take advantage of this opportunity by using their unlimited energy and potential to create positive and useful lives.”

He said the graduates should establish networks with potential employers in order to gain employment.
Dr. Samura Kamara, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation in his keynote address reiterated that said training young people in vocational skills makes them viable contributors to the economy.

Dr. Kamara said youth must continue to acquire skills in order to benefit from more opportunities.

He promised to use his international corporation to establish more skills centers “an empowered youth whose productivity benefits them, their families, community and country “ as a whole. 













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