By Omojowo Ogunyemi
The Young Progressives Nigeria Initiative (YPNI) on Friday 5th of May, 2017 held the second edition of its Entrepreneur and Skill Acquisition Training for the unemployed Youths at Ijebu-ode, the commercial headquarter of Ijebu ethnic nationality, Ogun State, in furtherance to the opening Lecture held on Friday 21st April 2017.
The Lecture which holds every fortnight Friday was held at the Event Auditorium domicile inside the main bowl of Otunba Dipo Dina Stadium in Ijebu-ode.
The training which is being held in collaboration with a renowned non-profit organization, the Joint Effort for Advancement of the Nigerian society (JEANS), cut across Event Planning, Fashion Designing, Handcraft and Soap Making among others.
YPNI, one of whose objective is to define, redefine and impact Nigerian core values on the youth is a non-partisan socio-cultural organization aimed at encouraging and promoting a sense of patriotism and nationalism among progressive-minded Nigerians.
The guest speaker at the event, Mr. Olubodun Oshunlana, a trained Chartered Accountant, spoke on a lecture titled “Accounting and Bookkeeping for Small/Medium Enterprises”.
Oshunlana advised participants to imbibe the foundations of record keeping, self discipline, accountability and maturity in their businesses.
In the words of Oshunlana, “the act of managing a business entails an effective keeping of the record of every single document and activities of the enterprise so as to uphold the tenets of accountability and transparency for profit maximization”
A participant “Mrs Adewumi Janet” who is presently undergoing training on “Soap Making” asked how she could determine her price and avoid competition in a capitalist system like Nigeria.
In his response, the resource person, Mr. Olubodun Oshunlana said after proper calculations of cost of production including the value of time spent on production, all she needs to do is to fix a price that includes her profit.
Oshunlana further explained to the participants that Branding and Rebranding is the key to marketing, adding that “you would continue to make sales and avoid competition if you protect your brand jealously and professionally.”
The Convener/National Coordinator of YPNI, Mr. Adekunle Osibogun, a Legal Practitioner by training, addressed the participants on “Civic Rights and Politics”.
Osibogun spoke extensively on the concepts of Social Contract as propounded by modern scholars like Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, Democracy as opined by Aristotle, Devolution of Power, and Political Participation among others in 21st century.
The participants were all excited in course of the lectures as the class were engaging and interactive.
In an interview with our correspondent, a participant, “Mrs Favour Badmus” expressed her appreciation to YPNI and its Convener, Mr. Adekunle Osibogun for bringing the Entrepreneur and Skill Acquisition training program to Ijebu.
In her words, Badmus said: “I got to know about the NGO in October 2016. Since then, my affiliation with the organisation has been fruitful, productive and rewarding. Professionally, I am into soap making but I enrolled for this program to learn Events Planning and Decoration so as to diversify. I return all glory to God and to the leader of YPNI, Mr. Adekunle Osibogun for what his team has been doing to ameliorate the suffering of the people in this area”.
Etymologically, YPNI believes in the concept of Nigeria as a unified Nation despite its diverse cultures, traditions, and tribes.
The organization also believes that the current generation has been saddled with the responsibility to heal the wounds inflicted by the previous generation and create a better Nigeria for the future generations.