The Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Organization has trained 50 youths across different institution on utilising the internet for economics reliance.
Imam Fouad Adeyemi, the Executive Director of the Organisation and National Chief Imam of Al-Habibiyah said the programme themed: “Empowering Kipp activities known as “yahoo-yahoo”, made worst by the ‘get rich syndrome’.
The Imam observed that the youths who engaged in this activities are not guided aright, adding that there are better ways of using their phones to fetch them money legitimately.
“This initiative has ripple effect, because the youths will be guided and be able to earn good income without resorting to illegal means, ” he said.
Adeyemi observed that with the current Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike, students will be idle which can be detrimental.
He added that this is an opportunity for them to make judicious use of the training and keep them engaged, informed and and empowered.
He advised the government and other philanthropists in Nigeria to support such initiatives, adding that presently the country has series of challenges and this can solve some of them.
Speaking also, Dr Rakiya Momoh-Abaji, the Project Eat-Halal Coordinator of Al-Habibiyyah Organisation said the training consists of empowering youths on digital skills.
She added that this will improve the quality of lives of the youths and their engagement with devices to positively ventures.
According to her, participants were selected to undergo the training in the state, adding that such initiative were also conducted across seven states in the country.
She explained that the project is supported by McArthur Foundation, an International non-governmental organisation.
Momoh-Abaji also added that the project is part of the “Eat Fine”, and “Eat Halal” initiative to empower imams and the youths on anti-corruption.
Mr Oloyede Bolaji, a student from University of Ilorin and one of the participants commended the organisers, adding that this will keep them engaged, saying that they have been idle since commencement of one month warning strike by ASUU. (NAN)
Edited by Felix Ajide