Huawei Technologies Co. Nigeria Limited and Fortis Projects Service have jointly built a standard technology skills acquisition and development centre in Eti-Osa, Lagos, to boost technology skills acquisition, alleviate poverty and empower the youth of the community.
The centre, known as Funmilayo Mobolaji Johnson Skill Acquisition and Development Centre, and donated to the Lagos State government, was official unveiled by the wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode.
The centre was designed as an alternative to white collar jobs, with the basic intention to impart knowledge in various fields ranging from catering, hat and bead making, hairdressing, fashion designing, photography, fridge and air conditioner maintenance, leather works, wood and carpentry, adult literacy and computer studies.
Sole Administrator of Eti-Osa East LCDA, Babatunde Ayo Ayeni, said the centre would represent an alternative means of livelihood for the people in the community.
On his part, the Executive Director at Fortis Group, Mr. Richard Dotun Adebayo, said the completion of the project marked the beginning of a new dawn for the young men and women of the local community.
Speaking at the event, the Managing Director, Huawei Technologies Mr. Frank Li relayed his indelible experience with a young girl and her mother who lacked access to skill acquisition. Li said it was this singular episode that continues to motivate me to help children and teenagers in the community at every opportunity.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation in the state, Mrs. Lola Akande, said she was honoured to be part of the unveiling of the Funmilayo Mobolaji Johnson skill acquisition centre named after the wife of the first Military Governor of Lagos State.
The Chinese Consul to Nigeria, Mr. Chao Xiaoliang, described the centre as a bountiful blessing to the Nigerian people, and another monument of the friendship between Nigeria and China.
Mrs. Ambode enjoined the people to put the facilities to good use so as to enjoy the place for a long time to come.