Published On: Tue, Oct 4th, 2016

Dazzle furniture marks independence with scholarship to 20 Nigerians

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Dazzle furniture marks independence with scholarship to 20 Nigerians

Dazzle furniture marks independence with scholarship to 20 Nigerians

By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

As Nigerians ‎across the country celebrate the country’s independence, Dazzle furniture, one of the best furniture companies in the country, awarded scholarship to 20 young Nigerians who would be trained in carpentry.

The furniture which specialises in kitchen cabinet, wardrobes, beds and space partitioning said it would assist young people to be self reliant, especially at a time when the country’s economy is passing trough hard time.

As the first of its kind in the country, the training programme according to the company, would create entrepreneurs/employable personnels by developing a new breed of professional carpenters that would not only change the

stereotypical perception of carpentry but also armed with the skills to produce quality and exportable materials that matches maximum global quality standards.

The company which partner highly experienced manufacturing professionals from Istanbul, Turkey said participants will be groomed into the entrepreneurial aspect of carpentry and cabinetry‎.

While also operating in partnership with Klaze The Filmmaker Productions, “Dazzle Furniture Limited also hopes to avail the trainees basic media skills (In Photography Videography and Social media management) as this would enable them possess the relative skills to properly brand their products while using Internet marketing tools to project their finished works to both local and global consumers”.

Speaking during the induction of 20 would be carpenters drawn from various parts of the country, Programme Director of the company, Jo Chol Min, said the first ever training programme in the country was necessitated by increase in unemployment and underemployment in the country and the world at large.

“Thousands of Nigeri‎an youths roam the street jobless, while many graduates from higher institutions are searching for jobs that are not available. It is our motive that the establishment of this vocational training programme will train participants in the fieled of professional carpentry and furniture making.

“This will provide employment to the participants of this programe and they themselves will become employers of labour. We strongly believe that at the end of this programme, trainees will venture in to the labour market and place Nigeria carpentry and furniture making industry in the world map”.

Min, added that the programme is also designed to equip both mentally and materially, all the participants with adequate skill necessary to excel exceptionally in furniture making and carpentry.

“Entrepreneurship as a course has been incorporated wholly in to the programme. Introduction to wood and general wood work, wood machines and hand tools, furniture making and carpentry”.

He said others include; general metalwork, (Arc welding), basic technical drawing, wood joint, fittings ‎ and finishing are some of the experiences that all participants will acquire.

Also speaking, Head Instructor of the company, Oji Chukwudimma, said he was worried about the level of poverty in the country and idleness of able bodied men.

According to him, “with the current high level of unemployment af able bodied young men, poverty and economic recession recession in the country, it is wise for all and sundry, both government agencies, non-governmental agencies and we’ll to do individuals to put on their thinking caps for new and innovative ways to take our nation out of this crisis.

“In view of this, Dazzle carpentry training in furniture making and carpentry is aimed at producing competent hands with job knowledge and practical skills for a successful career in furniture making and carpentry, either in self or paid employment. And this can be achieved through our rich and well- structured curriculum which offers 30% theoretical knowledge for good understanding of the basic principles, and 70%‎ of practical knowledge and work experience of furniture making and carpentry through our experienced team of tutors, instructors and operators in three months of daily training”.

He added that the uniqueness of the initiative so far has attracted investors committed to activating the project by sponsorship of the first set of students.

‎On their parts, representatives of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) and Industrial Training Fund (ITF), encouraged the trainess to be focus and concentrate so as to change their unemployment status.

The organisations pledged to assists the trainees in their various endeavour in their quest to be productive in the society.

While speaking on his experience as a carpenter, Akpelishi Unimna told the trainees that they have chosen one of the best professions that would enable them perform various designs.

He said “the profession helps an individual to be creative and to invent various forms of designs that others will imitate. There is money in the profession but you need to be outstanding so that people will look for you. People have looked for me and anr still looking for me because of the quality of my work. Always insist on quality. I am confident that dazzle furnitur will give you the best you need”.

One of the trainees, Olukayode Kpelumi, told our reporter that as a civil engineer, he would make the best of the training and stand out in the industry.

“I love creative work. I am happy that I fit in here today and for the opportunity given to me. I will contribute my quota and by God’s grace, employ other people when I establish myself”.

With all the submissions by instructors, invited guests and trainees, Dazzle furniture is contributing its part in ending the economic woes faced by many Nigerians, but how this kind gesture really adds to transforming Nigerian youths, three months of the scholarship will tell.

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