A call has gone to students across the country to work towards acquiring skills that will fetch them money aside their desired white-collar job, to avoid overstretching their monthly salary.
The Permanent Secretary, Ogun State Ministry of Health, Dr. Adesanya Ayinde, who made the call at the entrepreneurial training for final year students of the School of Nursing, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, said the rate of unemployment in Nigeria and over-dependence of the younger ones on white collar jobs were enough reasons to acquire additional skills.
Dr. Ayinde commended the leadership of the Nursing School for the laudable initiative, noting that alternative sources of income relieves individuals of financial burden, while the skill acquired could later become full time vocation.
“Even if one is gainfully employed, an alternative source of income has a way of providing relief from any form of burden and this skill may end up becoming one’s lifetime vocation,” Dr. Ayinde stated.
In her remark, the Principal of the School, Mrs. Dele Alonge, disclosed that one of the compulsory courses being introduced into the curriculum by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) is Entrepreneurship Study, which involves both theory and practical.
Mrs. Alonge said it has become mandatory for everyone passing through the School of Nursing to acquire a skill alongside their nursing training, pointing out that final year students must engage in extensive practical which would culminate in exhibition within the school.
Speaking in an interview, two of the final year student nurses, Taoheed Eniola and Akinbona Gbenga, expressed satisfaction with the course, saying that it would afford them the opportunity to use their day-off from work judiciously.
The students were trained in soap making, baking, head gear making and make-up respectively.
Femi Onasanya and Goke Gbadamosi
Ministry of Health