ASABA/Nigeria: At a time many young Nigerians are still grappling with how they can fend for themselves, Onome Ogor, a female shoe maker, is already contributing her quarters to the development and growth of the nation.
Her passion has led her to a job considered to be dominated by the male. She produces male and female sandals, bags etc, and organises skill training for youths as part of her contribution to the growth of the nation.
Last Tuesday, our correspondent visited one of her training sections held in the hall of fame, Asaba the Delta State capital, where she made a passionate appeal to the Nigerian youths to engage themselves in meaningful venture that can sustain and launch them into a position of influence.
“I am currently running a two day basic training programme on skill acquisition for shoe making for youths, this programme is taking place in Asaba and Warri.” She said with enthusiasm.
According to her, the training programme is purely her own initiative and without any form of sponsorship, noting that her passion for shoe making was her motivation.
“I never wanted to do what others were doing because of my for shoe making. I went to a training school in Lagos for two years. I was also trained by the Delta State Government under the Skill Training and Entrepreneurship Programmes STEPrenuer.”
Onome revealed that shoe making enterprises have many prospects and called on youths to embrace it.
Apart from boosting the nation economy, said she make sandals and bags for schools, security outfits and other corporate bodies.
“We advertised for interested youths to come for registration on the training and at the end we selected ten persons, it’s a practical basic knowledge of shoe and other leather works, we believe that with the training they can grow from there.” She added.
Success and failure in life, she explained is as a result of personal choices noting however, that one’s jobs has to do with interest and with determination, zee and passion success is guaranteed.
On while Nigerians doesn’t patronise made in Nigeria products, the entrepreneur urged Nigerians to strive to patronise made in Nigeria products, noting that some made in Nigeria goods may be fake but urged Nigerians to patronise them.
“We should erase that notion that everything made in Nigeria is fake. The youths should be creative, determine and success will be guaranteed.” She pointed.
Meanwhile, one of the trainees, Miss Mordi Asunta expressed appreciation for the opportunity for her to lean a trade, noting that the decision to embrace the programme was as a result of her love for homemade products.
“I have learnt a lot in this programme, and i am willing to take it as a career. I advised the youths to learn a trade to enable them become useful for themselves and the society.” She added.
Asunta 17, and currently studying economics at the University of Benin, described her trainer, Onome Ogor as a kind hearted woman who is ever willing to provide useful advice.