The Ajiran land in Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos came alive on Thursday at the behest of His Royal Majesty, Oba Tijani Adetunji Akinloye, the Sateru 11, the Ojumu of Ajiran land, when he celebrated the 20th anniversary celebration of his Millennium Village Vocational Centre amidst pomp and pageantry.
The epoch making event which was also in commemoration of graduation ceremony of 87 students had eminent Nigerians across the political divides, and from the corporate and social establishment.
Notable among the dignitaries at the event were Justice George Oguntade, the retired Supreme Court Justice and former Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, and Princess (Mrs.) Ajoke Orelope Adefulire, Senior Special Adviser to the President on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).
Others were representatives of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and His Royal Highness, Onikotun of Ikotun land, Oba Azeez Gbadabu Asiwaju among other dignitaries who made the event a worthwhile gathering.
While congratulating the beneficiaries of various vocational and entrepreneurship programmes, the Special Adviser urged them to fully utilize the benefits of the scheme to develop themselves and become employers of labor to justify the government’s huge investments.
She appreciated the effort of the monarch for the noble course and assured her support for the school adding that the coming year 2022 would be better as the government will embark on various youth development initiatives throughout the year.
In his goodwill message, Justice Oguntade, congratulated the king for the feat and commended him for initiating an empowerment programme targeted at youths, maintaining that the effort would go a long way to reduce crimes while allowing beneficiaries to contribute to the economic growth of their fatherland.
Speaking on behalf of other beneficiaries, Mrs. Bimbo , a Hairdressing and Make-Up graduate described the programme as the best she had ever attended, noting that learning the vocation privately could be very expensive.
She thanked the king for giving her such a life-changing opportunity, promising to use her new job to support her family.
The highlight of the event aside presentation of awards was the presentation of certificates to trainees who distinguished themselves in their various vocations.
Millennium Vocational Centre is designed to prepare students for a new and exciting career path, to enhance skills to improve long-term career opportunities.