The First Lady of Kwara State and Founder Ajike People Support Center Her Excellency Ambassador Dr Olufolake Abdulrazaq in her continued drive to ensure that young kwarans are able to create wealth and be employers of labour has enrolled 54 University undergraduates in the college boost program of the TEKEDIA Institute, Boston USA.
The 54 students drawn from the University of Ilorin and the Kwara State University are expected to undergo an 8 week course designed in such a way that will not affect the school work load of the benefitting students.
The first lady while receiving the team from Tekedia institute, recognized the place of skills acquisition as a means of veritable empowerment and wealth creation hence she urged beneficiaries to make the best use of the college boost program. The college boost program is on business and introduction to business in a practical fashion.
Ambassador Abdulrazaq used the opportunity to further amplify the message of the September sickle cell awareness month by urging Young people to underfoot genotype testing to ascertain compatibility before getting married.
The first lady further added that people living with Sickle Cell were supported through the procurement of Health Insurance policy of the Kwara Health Insurance Agency to support their care during the World Sickle Cell Day in June.
She however, enjoined the visiting team to key into the Health Insurance scheme for access and affordability.
While thanking the first lady for the gesture, the chairman Kwara State House of assembly committee on Health and Environment Hon Rasaq Owolabi charged the students to make the best use of the opportunity and key into the health insurance scheme of the Kwara Health Insurance Agency.
Earlier the commissioner for Tertiary Education reiterated Government’s commitment towards the development of youths and commend the first lady for complementing this drive. Also the Executive Secretary Kwara Health Insurance Agency lent her voice to the need for young people to garner additional skills and take health concerns seriously.
The coordinator of the College boost program of the Tekedia institute, Boston USA, Eyitayo Adeleke on behalf of the faculty lead of the institute Prof. Ndubuisi Ekekwe thanked the first lady for choosing to empower these young kwarans with knowledge towards a brighter future.
In his own remarks, the president of the University of Ilorin Student Union Taofiq Waliyu Opeyemi appreciated Her Excellency for her youth development initiatives while soliciting for partnership between the office of the first lady and the Ajike People Support Center on programmes within the Unilorin student community,
Also the students representative from the Kwara State University lauded the gesture of Ambassador Abdulrazaq while hoping that non kwara students too will benefit from the empowerment initiatives of the first lady.
Tekedia institute is affiliated to over 30 Universities in Nigeria.