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Unemployed youths have been advised to learn vocational skills and be productive instead of loitering on the streets of Lagos State.

The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Lola Akande, gave the advice on Tuesday during an inspection of the Ibeju Skill Acquisition Centre.

She explained that the inspection was part of her ongoing familiarization tour of skill acquisition centres under her ministry.

The commissioner, who noted that the centre had a low turnout of trainees, said she was not happy because the youths, who were meant to be trained on how to be productive, had not made maximum use of the facility.

She said, “I am not happy with the low turnout of trainees at this centre. I call on youths in this area to seize the opportunity of the tuition-free skill enablement policy of the state government to better their lots by enrolling in the skill acquisition centre. Other youths across Lagos State are also encouraged to visit a vocational centre in their areas and learn a trade.”

She commended students in the adult literacy class for taking the bold step despite their age, saying the decision would give them an edge in the society.

The commissioner also visited Igboye Skill Acquisition Centre at Epe and the Lagos Island Skill Acquisition Centre, Oja Oba, Lagos Island.

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