The Permanent Secretary, Ogun State Ministry of Health, Dr. Adesanya Ayinde, has urged medical and non-medical related students across the country to work towards acquiring skills that will fetch them money away from their desired white-collar job.
Dr. Ayinde, who made this known on the sideline of the entrepreneurial training given to the final year students of the School of Nursing, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, said that rate of unemployment in Nigeria and over-dependence of the younger ones on white collar jobs which are not going round, are enough reasons to acquire more gainful skills.
The Permanent Secretary noted the obvious fact that not only one road leads to the market, just as he commended the leadership of the Nursing School for such laudable initiative.
He added that apart from regular monthly salary, alternative sources of income relieves every individual of any form of financial burden, saying that the skill being used to make money could later become a full time vocation that one would be happy doing.
He said, “The adage that one way does not lead to the market is ever true. In our country that white collar is not going round the number of the unemployed, entrepreneurial skill becomes very imperative.
“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”.
In her remarks, the Principal of the School of Nursing, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, Dele Alonge, disclosed that one of the new things being brought into the curriculum by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) is Entrepreneurship Study which involves both theory and practical as a compulsory course.
Alonge said it has therefore become mandatory for everyone passing through the School of Nursing to acquire a skill alongside their nursing training, pointing out that it has become a custom for final years students to do extensive practical which will culminate in exhibition within the school.
Speaking in a separate interview, two of the final year student nurses, Taoheed Eniola and Akinbona Gbenga, expressed satisfaction with the course, saying that it will afford them the opportunity to use their day-offs from work judiciously.
The students were trained in soap making, baking, head gear making and make-up respectively.