Nigerian company, Dazzle furniture limited elebrated Independence through its carpentry training progamme with the award of scholarship to 20 young Nigerians. A founder, Oji Chukudimma said the scheme would create entrepreneurs and employable personnel by developing a new breed of professional carpenters that would not only change the stereotypical perception of carpentry but also armed them with the skills to produce quality and exportable materials that can match global standard. He explained that all the participants during the three months period were given scholarship, with gears and materials provided for them. Speaking during the induction of the first batch of the 20 trainees, Programme Director of the company, Jo Chol Min, said the first ever training programme in the country was necessitated by increase in unemployment and underemployment in the country and the world at large. One of the trainees, Olukayode
Kpelumi, told our reporter that as a civil engineer, he would make the best of the training and stand out in the industry "I love creative work. I am happy that I fit in here today and for the opportunity given to me. I will contribute my quota and by God's grace, employ other people when I establish myself" Representatives of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) and Industrial Training Fund (ITF), encouraged the trainees to stay focused and take maximum advantage of the opportunity.
Youth is given to us. Experience we pay for. - Carolyn G. Heilbron