RIDSCo in collaboration with Lafarge has began the Advanced IT Training Program (CompTia A+) for graduates of Sagamu Local Government origin.

It was gathered at the closing ceremony for the First Batch of Trainees that the youths, drawn from various communities under Sagamu Local Government Area of the Ogun State, sat for a written test before the organizers could select 11 applicants out of the over 50 students that applied.

In his address at the event held at the Lafarge Training Centre, the Chairman of RIDSCo, Olootu Omoba M.O. Oyedele stated that, what they met on ground in 2011 was Introduction to Computer which is just to train SSCE and JSS students on Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Continuing, he said that the project was one of the establishment’s numerous implementable programmes of RIDSCo for the year 2020. But was later postponed to this year due to the restrictions of covid-19 from hosting any activities.

A beneficiary of the training receiving certificate of participation from Olootu Omooba M.O. Oyedele
A beneficiary of the training receiving certificate of participation from Olootu Omooba M.O. Oyedele

He said, “It is designed, among other things, to develop skilled and certified ICT professionals that are capable of meeting today’s needs in computer networking certification, advanced computer networking and computer hardware maintenance and repairs. The journey to this event today has been so tortuous and tasking, but to God be the Glory that it came out successfully, Olootu Omoba Oyedele says.

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“It is also to prepare participating youths for a professional life-after-school by raising their skills in ICT for job and wealth creation, to make them employable internationally and to reduce youth restiveness and unemployment.”

Lafarge representative, Engr Edward Alabi further contended that it was owing to the importance of ICT as a driver of the economy in the present society that spurred the company to design the programme.

He, however, harped on the significance of acquiring skills, adding that the most economically advanced nations thrived on them. “It was owing to the significance of skills that the company has concluded to make the training a continuous program by batches”.

 

The trainees were earlier advised to take their classes seriously and do their assignments, of which they all did so well as we are seeing the results in them today.

“Any trainee, whose after the training is unable to be certified has wasted his or her precious time to learn. Mr Wole Soile pleaded for further assistance from RIDSCo and Lafarge for the graduants to be able to progress in their chosen career. The importance of certification and opportunity cannot be over-estimated. This is because as a certificated person you can work anywhere in the world. The primary aims of the programme are for you to be self reliant, certified and employable, “the training instructor, Mr Wole Soile added.

Also in his speech, the Lafarge representative, Engr. Edward Alabi advised the youths not to make mess of the programme, adding that such opportunity do not come regularly.

Olootu Omoba Oyedele confirmed that Lafarge has agreed to engage five (5) of the graduants on internship for advanced knowledge in Computer IT courses with empowerments after the course. He also assured others that discussions are ongoing to get internship for them at reputable organizations. He promised to revert to them on the outcome of their discussions.

On the requests the graduants made when the Chairman visited them while on training, he said, ordinarily, the youth bus was supposed to be used to convey them to and from the Centre which justified the fund allocated to the Youth bodies as logistics for IT Training, and not running cost as being spread around. Since, this could not be done, he handed over a cash of ten thousand naira (₦10,000) each to all the graduants to cushoin the effects of their expenses on transportation during the one month course while he also personally gifted the best student, Olusoji Daniel Ayoola, a huge sum of cash.

Adding her voice, one of the trainees who graduated from Lagos State Polytechnic, Olatunji Olufunke Olayinka, stated that such training was not new to her but to her surprise, she acquired another knowledge and more experience to add with her study experience in school and pledged that all stones would be turned to achieve the stated objectives of the programme at the larger world.

A trainee, who spoke on behalf of other trainees, Adebanjo Valentine thanked Lafarge and RIDSCo for organizing the programme and promised that they would live up to standard expected of them. We are not stopping until we make you all proud and ensure that Sagamu Is listed among the best in the ICT world.

This encouraged the organizers, to announce that the Community will be sponsoring their 1001 and 1002 certification examination course.

Out of the 11 (eleven) graduating students, 9 were present. Their names are:

The Sagamu Lafarge in collaboration with RidSco 2022 ICT training beneficiaries
The Sagamu Lafarge in collaboration with RidSco 2022 ICT training beneficiaries. 

1. Olatunji Olufunke Olayinka

2. Adebanjo Valentine

3. Bakare Lukman Adewale

4. Sonubi Olugbenga Bashiru

5. Idowu Ahmed Oladipupo

6. Olusoji Daniel Ayoola

7. Leshi Olanrewaju

8. Ogunsanwo Oluwakemi, and

9. Adeyemi Abiodun Muyiwa.

The names of the two that were absent are:

1. Yetunde Ososanwo

2. Afolabi Samson Adedeji.

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The closing remarks was performed by the Sagamu Youth Association president, Comrade Olusegun Sikiru (Success) who testified to the sterling leadership of Olootu Omoba M.O. Oyedele.

The Sagamu Youth Association president, Comrade Olusegun Sikiru Abdulwasiu (Success) addressing the Beneficiaries while giving vote of thanks
The Sagamu Youth Association president, Comrade Olusegun Sikiru Abdulwasiu (Success) addressing the Beneficiaries while giving vote of thanks.

Others at the event are Engr Adebayo Osiberu, Coordinator of the Program, Com Adekunle Bello, SDA Secretary, Lukman Banjoko, Admin Manager of RIDSCo and Ezekiel Obasanya, Lafarge HR (Business Partner) who anchored the programme.

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