Fashola said at the inauguration of the Lagos State School Leavers Modern Apprenticeship on Tuesday that the centre, apart from providing a base for young school leavers to acquire skills, would provide a base for miscreants to be trained free of charge
Represented by his deputy, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, the governor explained that he built the centre with security votes.
He said he believed the state would recoup the money when they (miscreants) start to pay tax to the government as responsible people.
Fashola noted that most of the urchins dropped out of schools and did not have good parental care. According to him, the situation they found themselves forced them into taking drugs and other vices.
He said, “These youths if trained could be very useful members of the society. That is why we feel it is imperative to train these miscreants.
“This is what we have been doing to secure the state from crime. Before 2001, you could not walk on the streets of Lagos without being molested by these miscreants. We have about 17 other skill acquisition centres to arrest the situation and prevent crimes.”
Fashola said the Graduate Vocational Employability Skills Training programme was designed to provide employment and vocational training for graduate apprentices.