Engineer Lucky Onimowo who is also native of Igarra Akoko- Edo, in Edo State, Stated that “if the youths of a country are bad, then the country will be bad; “if the youths are lazy, it will definitely affect the nation.” He added that though money is good, the youths should work hard to get money.
The Man ‘O’ war Commander said this during an interview session with our media team in his office in Lagos last week.
According to him, youths who are not privileged to go to school should be able to learn hand work.
Using himself as an example, he explained how being a graduate he had to seize every opportunity he had to acquire skills during his youthful age.
“I repaired umbrellas for people in my neighbourhood after which I get paid, ”he said, adding that after graduating from secondary school he had the ambition to be a pilot but he was told to learn auto mechanic by his parents for reasons best known to them which he agreed to, putting behind his dream of becoming a pilot.
“Eventually, when my mother stood by me, I studied a science course in the university and became an engineer And also learnt more than three handworks as a university graduate .Today, I’m registered with COREN, Nigeria Society of Engineers and I’m also a project manager and can speak more than 15 different languages”.
Speaking on what Man O’ War stands for and the input of the organization to the nation’s growth, Onimowo revealed that it’s a voluntary organization and not a payable job but the police inspector general, soldiers, navy and youth corpers do undergo their trainings. He added that some top government officials also partake in their leadership training.
Talking about how Man O’ War generates funds to run the organization, the Lagos State commander said, “it’s been God sustaining the organization, with support from some individuals and most especially their patron who is always there whenever they need support. He then pleaded for the government’s full support especially regarding the salary structure just like other Nigerian forces, because they are also in the government gazette and also requested offices for their Area Commanders and Youth Centres for the use of the Organisation to help widen their reach in terms of youth-oriented programs.
The Man O War Commander disclosed that apart from instilling morals in the youths, the Organisation has designed skill acquisition programmes handled by professionals for the youths to help them become self-employed.