MR Paul Inade, an aluminium fabricator, on Wednesday urged idle youths to learn a skill that would make them self reliant instead of roaming the street or waiting for white collar job.
Inade, who is the Chief Executive Officer, Paul Pillars and Aluminum Ltd. Kaduna made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna.He said that there are so many skills with huge potentials and high returns on investment which the youth could learn to earn a decent living.
According to him, fabrication of aluminium has the potential of generating an average of N200,000 monthly.
“I have been in this business for the past eight years and smiling to the bank with N200,000 every month.
“This has given me the financial independence I need as a young man to pursue my dreams and live a meaningful life.”
He said that new buildings were being constructed every day in every part of the country, creating a huge market for aluminium products such as windows and doors.
“The platforms are there for the youths to learn this self-reliant skill. All they need is government support and encouragement in the form of loans for start-up after training.
“I assure you, our youth will keep off the streets if the government can collaborate with the organised private sector and equip them with relevant skills to make a living.”
The entrepreneur said he had trained no fewer than 40 youths of Buwaya community in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, adding that another set of 40 young men are currently undergoing training.
“The first set had since established their outfits and are doing well; living a self-sustaining life, supporting their families and expanding opportunities for others to also learn.
“This is my way of giving back to Buwaya community for the hospitality and the space given to me to explore my skills and contribute to the economic development of the state.”
Some of the trainees in a separate interview thanked Inade for providing them with the opportunity to learn the needed skills to fend for themselves.
One of them, Samuel Tanko, who is in his fourth month of training, said he has been wasting his life on the street until Inade encouraged him to learn the skill of aluminium fabrication
“I never knew I could do something meaningful with my life until I began this training four months ago.
“I am looking forward to completing the training so I can open my own place and start making money.”
On his part, Philemon Audu, another trainee said: “I am already envisioning a brighter future ahead on completion of the training.”