A Member representing Lagos Mainland Constituency in the House of Representatives Honourable Jide Jimoh has emphasized the need to train the children of the downtrodden, saying that anything, contrary will pose danger for the children of the elites.
He disclosed this on Saturday during a television programme in Lagos.
The lawmaker, while speaking on the projection for the year 2021, said that all efforts should be made to train the children of the less privileged in the society in order to avert future danger.
According to him, one important thing we must do as leaders is to put more into the education and empowerment of people, most especially in the area of skill acquisition. Education is about knowledge, service and leadership. All these put together will make one go places.
“People can be engaged through skills acquisition, but the question is how many of our youth are ready to do this? I have a similar experience when I sponsored the training of some people, but at the end of the day, they sold the equipment we bought for them, while some of them abandoned the training.
“Some of them prefer to go about asking for money instead of becoming employers of labour. Churches, mosques and NGOs are empowering people, but ask what those empowered have done to help others? What are the people in government including myself doing to solve this problem?
“There should be a law to checkmate people that engage in this act. Senator Oluremi Tinubu once said that some of the people she empowered went ahead to sell the tools she bought for them. They believe the best thing is to return to the streets and beg for money, and this cannot help us.
“There is danger if we train our children, and we don’t train those of others. This is a challenge to us,” he added.
The lawmaker who is Chairman of House Committee on Regional Planning and Urban Development also reeled out some empowerment done for his constituents.
“On 31st December 2020, I empowered youths and women with SMEs equipment to boost their trade.
Some items distributed at the 7th Edition of economic assistance scheme were grinding Machines, Freezer, Generators, and among others.
Jimoh, while reacting to the #EndSARS protest staged by some youths across the country last year, described it as a good thing, but condemned the violence aspect of it, saying that there is need to put things in the right perspectives.
He said that it was expedient for the youths to have a leader that will direct them, adding that protests should be peaceful and that it should not be for killing or destroying properties.
Jimoh, who appreciated God for His faithfulness in the year 2020 amidst COVID-19 pandemic and EndSARS protests, urged Nigerians to move closer to God and be faithful to Him.