Ladi Kayode, Abeokuta
A non-governmental organisation, Women, Infants and Children Care Initiative, (WICCI), Ogun State Chapter, has trained twenty teenagers living with HIV on various vocational studies. They have all graduated, while the authority also provided working tools for them. The training, which lasted for one year, and the graduation was jointly sponsored by the organisation and Ogun State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, at the Women Development Centre, Abeokuta.
The vocations include;, Hairdressing, Fashion Designing, Photography, Barbing, Welding and Vulcanising among others. The graduation of the beneficiaries which is a project under Ogun State HIV Programme Development Project 11(HPDPD11), was witnessed by officials of the two bodies, as well as the family members of the beneficiaries, who were full with smiles and looked fulfilled in their graduation gowns.
In her welcome speech, the NGO Programme Director, Doyinsola Adebayo, advised the graduands to manage and take care of the work tools given them, and they should be prudent in spending, as well as having savings account and be dedicated to their chosen career. Adebayo also appealed to parents of the beneficiaries to always monitor them from time to time, while the trainers should equally see the monitoring as part of their roles, in ensuring that they become successful.
Similarly, Director of Ogun State Agency for Control of AIDS, Dr Kehinde Fatungase in his own speech, said the HIV/AIDS Programme Development Project 11(HPD11) is a scale-up to HPDP1, executed some years back.
He added further that, the donors of the funds are not better than anyone ,but have a heart to help people in need, and therefore the beneficiaries should reciprocate this kind gesture by making best use of the equipment given to them. The Chairperson of the graduation ceremony, Dr (Mrs) Comfort Sodiya commended the initiative of the NGO and the state government for the successful training of the beneficiaries in different vocations of their choices.