24TH CVED GRADUATION: IT IS GETTING BETTER!

The 24th Graduation Ceremony of the Centre for Vocational Empowerment & Development [CVED] held on Saturday 27th January 2018 at Dominion Faith Auditoriium. Forty-four (44) students were awarded Certificate in Seven (7) Vocational skill Acquisition Courses.

 

SN COURSE NUM OF GRADUANDS
1 Catering 7
2 Makeover & Head Gear Tying 6
3 Home-use chemical production 7
4 Beaded Jewelry Wire Works 6
5 Hairdressing 9
6 Screen Printing & Batik 4
7 Decoration & Event Planning 5
TOTAL 44

The program started with opening prayer at exactly 12:00 noon; Praise worship followed. The rest of the program was as follows:

  • National Anthem
  • Recognition of Guests
  • Recognition/Intro of Instructors
  • Welcome Speech/About CVED
  • Charge By CEO
  • Address By Prince Niyi Adeyanju
  • Presentation of Certificates
  • Announcement by CVED Coordinator
  • Students Remarks/Presentation of Gifts
  • Vote of Thanks
  • Blessing By CEO
  • National Anthem

Dignitary

  1. Prince Niyi Adeyanju—C.O.O EASYACCESS Cooperative Multipurpose Society Limited and four team members.

 ADDRESS BY CVED COORDINATOR—Rev. Olajide Esan

He welcomed the dignitaries, graduands and guests to the graduation ceremony. After recognizing and introducing the instructors he thanked God as the source of the vision of CVED. He also thanked the CEO, Rev. David Olatona who cannot stand to see others suffering, for his large and compassionate heart. He also noted in his address that CVED has trained over 5,000 graduands nationally and internationally.

CHARGE BY C.E.O OF CVED, REV. DAVID OLATONA

He began his address by thanking the instructors for rendering free service and prayed that they will never lack help all the days of their lives. He also acknowledged that the presence of the C.O.O of EASYACCESS Cooperative Multipurpose Society Limited and his team was a fulfillment of the dream he has had since the inception of CVED. Graduating students always have the challenge of how to get funds to start up in business. God has now provided a way out through patnership with EASYACCESS Cooperative Multipurpose Society Limited. He announced that there should be a first alumni meeting of all CVED graduands since inception in February. The date will be communicated later.

His Charge to the Graduands

  1. Start Small. Nothing starts big. Everything starts small. If you want to start big you will never start. Everything that grows starts from the bottom. Only the digging of a grave starts from the top. You must be willing to start small and work hard. Your latter end shall greatly increase.
  2. Despise not the days of your small beginning. Package yourself well and respect what you are doing even though you are starting small. If you don’t believe in yourself nobody else will and nobody else will join you. He used the example of how he started Dominion Faith. He used to wear his tie and sit on a bench under a palm tree tent as an office.
  • Don’t keep any relationship that will mock or discourage what you do. Somebody who does not respect you for what you do cannot respect your wisdom or value your time.
  1. Speak positively about yourself and what you do. Wake up everyday and tell yourself I will prosper today. I will do well.
  2. Don’t run down yourself by the words of your mouth. Learn to be positive.
  3. Be a person who is on time. Time is life. Time is money. There is a time alocated by God to every assignment of your life. You lose value if you don’t keep to time. If you can’t meet a deadline be honest about it and ask for more time.
  • Be a man or woman of integrity. Don’t cut corners. Don’t lower the standard because you want to make profit. Mouth to mouth advert is the best form of advert. If you hold on to your integrity and give quality service people will spread the news and your business will grow. But the reverse is also true. So determine to be a person of integrity.

ADDRESS BY THE C.O.O OF EASYACCESS Cooperative Multipurpose Society Limited—Prince Niyi Adeyanju

 The vision for the organization was given to him by God just over a year ago after he lost his first job as a Banker. In his frantic search for a job God told him; “Hide your CV. You will get a job you didn’t apply for.” Even though the word didn’t come to pass immidiately God eventually moved through a friend by instructing him to give him two million naira (N2, 000, 000). And that is how EASYACCESS Cooperative Multipurpose Society Limited started. Today we have seven offices around Lagos and our membership is growing fast after just a year compared with others who have started many years before us. “When God says it is your time there is nothing the devil can do about it.” Presently we offer two services: Cooperative and Qiuck Loan. For the cooperative service you must be a registered card carrying member who attends weekly meetings and make weekly savings of at least N2, 000. And after six months you are entitled to a loan of twice the amount you have saved. For the quick loan you don’t need to be a member. During his address flyers carring details about the company’s services were handed out to graduands and guests.

CERTIFICATE PRESENTATION

Certificate presentation was done in three batches. After the address by Prince Niyi Adeyanju he did the presentation of the first batch of certificates to the graduating students. The remaining two batches were presented by Alhaja Akanwo and Mrs. Ruth Adeyanju, team members of EASYACCESS Cooperative Multipurpose Society Limited.

ANNOUNCEMENT BY CVED COORDINATOR—Rev. Olajide Esan

  • The 25th Session of CVED resumes on Friday 9th February 2018, by 12:00 noon. Registration form is N2, 000 only.

STUDENTS REMARKS/PRESENTATION OF GIFTS

The Captains of each class took their turn to thank the authority of CVED and their instructors. Some presented token gifts of appreciation to the church and their instructors.

CLOSING

The C.E.O Rev. David Olatona asked the graduating students to wait and interact with the five team members of EASYACCESS Cooperative Multipurpose Society Limited after the graduation ceremony. He then prayed for and blessed the graduands, guests and dignitaries. The program ended with the National Anthem after

 CONCLUSION

The unique thing about this 24th graduation is the fulfilment of a dream in the heart of the C.E.O to partner with a body that will make soft loans available for graduating students. The involvement of EASYACCESS Cooperative Multipurpose Society Limited has brought that dream to pass. The graduands can now easily transit from training to business with proper guidance which is also available with EASYACCESS Cooperative Multipurpose Society Limited. The hand of the Lord is obvoiusly on the CVED vision.

 

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CVED 21ST GRADUATION CEREMONY

To the glory of God the CENTRE FOR VOCATIONAL EMPOWERMENT AND DEVELOPMENT [CVED] held her 21st graduation ceremony on Saturday 10th December 2016 and awarded certificates to one hundred and twenty-nine [129] students in nine [9] vocational skill empowerment courses.

S/N SKILL ACQUISITION COURSE GRADUANDS
1 Catering 48
2 Hairdressing 10
3 Adult Literacy
4 Screen Printing & Batik 6
5 Make-over & Head Gear 11
6 Photography & Videography 2
7 Beaded Jewellery wire works 6
8 Home-use chemical production 16
9 Decoration & Event management 17
10 Computer Appreciation and Desktop Publishing 13
TOTAL 129

The program which was anchored by Pastor Muyiwa Adedina started promptly as scheduled by 12:00 noon with Opening Prayer led by Mrs. Hannah Adedina; followed immediately by Praise Worship led by Sis. Favour Sunday who was also graduating from the Computer Class. Thereafter, the National Anthem was taken.

Recognition of Dignitaries and Instructors

Pastor Muyiwa Adedina then took time to introduce all the instructors one by one; and welcomed the dignitaries to the High Table as he introduced them. The dignitaries this year were:

  1. Comrade Prince Savior Ichie (AMEN President).
  2. Rotimi Gansallo (Chartered Accountant & Farmer)
  3. Yomi Balogun (Property Developer/Builder).
  4. Deacon Uwagboe (Representing Doctor Gabriel Oyediji)
  5. Pastor Olajide Esan (CVED Coordinator & Resident Pastor of Dominion Faith).
  6. Pastor Nicholas Uanikhoba (CVED Registrar)

 

 Welcome Speech by CVED Coordinator

Pastor Olajide Esan took time to welcome the dignitaries and graduands. He praised the faith and courage of the CEO of CVED Rev. David Olatona for the sustenance of the vision that started since 2007. He also gave a brief history of CVED and its impact so far; emphasizing that CVED is fully registered with the CAC of Nigeria as a certificate issuing institution.

CEO’s Address

The address of the CEO Rev. David Olatona was read by the Registrar. There is no doubt that vocational skill empowerment is one of the solutions to the serious unemployment and poverty we have in our nation and continent today. Our dream at CVED is to eradicate poverty, raise ethical leaders in the 21st century and make potential entrepreneurs of outstanding qualities for Nigeria, Africa and the world at large. That dream is gradually being realized; as so far, about four thousand six hundred and seventy-seven (4,677) people have been empowered in Nigeria and internationally. Other Countries that have benefited so far include Liberia, Chad, Benin Republic, Niger, Togo, Sierra-Leone, Gambia, Guinea Conakry, Burkina Faso, Kenya, and Ghana.

Giving all glory to God, he thanked the instructors and dignitaries for their continuous support and encouragement.  

Address by Elder Rotimi Gansallo

He charged the graduands to believe that they can make it. Don’t despise the skill you have just acquired. You can become big if you start doing something with it now and do it faithfully. Begin to develop and use what you have learnt. Print business cards, let people know what you can do. We live in the days when entrepreneurs are ruling. Stay close to your colleagues and instructors. Don’t work alone.

Elder Gansallo proceeded to present the first batch of certificate to the Decoration and Chemical classes.

Address by Prince Ichie

He first prayed that God would bountifully reward Rev. David Olatona and Dominion Faith for the great service they are rendering to the community and nation. He added that if a man is only rich towards himself he is still a poor man. He then told the graduating students that the best time to start using what they have learnt is now. He said he started his own business with N14, 000 and inside a kitchen; today it is a multi-million naira company, paying over thirty workers. Don’t look at circumstances. Always ask questions. Don’t separate from your instructors. Try to innovate and do what others are not doing; you will stand out. Above all seek the face of God for guidance and direction. Make God a partner in your business and the sky will be your limit. He will bring the customers and the profit because He knows that you will bring the tithe to His house. He will ensure that you do not run at a loss.

Comrade Ichie gave the next batch of certificates to the Hairdressing and Makeup class.

Address by Mr. Yomi Balogun

He charged the graduating students to believe in themselves. Mr. Aliko Dangote, the richest man in Africa today, has just one head like you. He started small. You too can make it big if you start now and believe in yourself. Your certificate will remain an ordinary paper unless you do something with it. If necessary get a mirror and talk to yourself every day that you will make it. I do it and I am seeing results and making progress. If you own your own business it becomes your well of wealth. Think about your future and see an elevated position.

Mr. Balogun presented the third batch of certificates to the Computer and Printing Classes.

Address by Deacon Uwagboe

He explained that he was representing Dr. Oyediji, who is also his father in the Lord, because he was unavoidably absent. He appreciated and congratulated Rev. David Olatona and Dominion Faith for the great work and impact of CVED. He then praised the students for the courage to decide to be part of the program which is paying off as they are graduating today. He encouraged them to start something immediately. When you are self employed you do not wait for anybody to survive. Your life and future is in your hand.

Deacon Uwagboe presented the fourth batch of certificates to the Beaded Jewelry and Photography classes.

Announcement

The Coordinator announced that the next session of CVED will resume on Friday 3rd of February 2017. Registration form will be out on Friday 20th January 2017.

He presented the last batch of certificates to the Catering class.

Dr. Gabriel Oyediji’s Gift Award for best student in insecticide production

This is a cash award presented every session to a student from the Home-use Chemical Production Class. This year the award went to Mrs. ODELEYE Beatrice Bosede. The award was presented by the representative of Dr. Oyediji, Deacon Uwagboe.

Closing stages

After the dignitaries cut the graduation cake presented by the catering class, the CVED Coordinator gave the Vote of Thanks and prayed for the graduating students and everyone in attendance. The event closed with the singing of the National Anthem.

 

 

CVED 20th SESSION

Click here for text report of this session of CVED

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CVED 19TH GRADUATION CEREMONY

On 14TH MAY 2016, ninety-four (94) students graduated at the 19th graduation ceremony with certificates awarded in ten (10) different skill acquisition courses.

The CVED coordinator, Pastor Olajide Esan in his welcome address praised the CEO of CVED, Rev. David Olatona, for the vision of CVED. He gave a brief history of the school; announcing that about four thousand three hundred and sixty-one (4, 361) people have so far benefited from the CVED programme both nationally and internationally. Noting that the program has been taken to about twelve (12) African nations; including Ghana, Cameroun, Kenya, Togo, Ivory Coast, Guinea Conakry, Burkina Faso, Sierra-Leone, Niger, Benin Republic and Liberia.

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The CEO of CVED, Rev. David Olatona, in his address informed the graduating students that we live in a world of high competition. So they must introduce excellence into everything they do as they put to work what they have learnt; everything they do must be striking. Take it to the next level. Value the knowledge you have received. If you despise what you have, even God cannot help you. Everyone else will also look down on what you are doing. Put your best into all that you do. Manage your time. Time is the equal capital God gave to every man. You cannot save it. You either invest it or you waste it. Time waits for no man. Use your time wisely. Do whatever you want to do now. You can think big, start small and start now.

After the CEO’s address, certificates were presented to the graduating students of the Makeover/Head Gear and Decoration Class by the Coordinator, Pastor Jide Esan.

Ms. Dayo Esan in her brief charge to the graduating students told them to keep the following rules. Put God first in all that you do as He only is the true source of success in any venture. You should learn to speak positively over your life and business. You should set target for yourself—have goals that you are pursuing. You should constantly update yourself by keeping abreast of changes in your line of business. And finally, you should learn to save and not eat up your capital. If you can do all of these you will surely excel in your business. Then she proceeded to present the certificates to the graduating students of the Catering and Photography classes.

Next to give a brief address was Comrade Savior Ichie, President of AMEN. He used the occasion to praise the CEO of CVED for his vision and the success he has recorded so far. He told the graduants that he was privileged to be a role model unto them as somebody who has gone ahead of them. Together we shall chase poverty and unemployment out of Nigeria. He informed them that he started his business from his kitchen and today he has customers even from Europe. He advised the students to put to use immediately the knowledge they have received. They should do it with passion, make God a partner in their business and learn to dream. “You can become what you want to, if you work for it,” he said. After his speech, he awarded the next batch of certificates to the students of the Home-Use Chemical Production and the Hairdressing classes.

The Registrar, Pastor Nicholas Uanikhoba did the next batch of certificate presentation to the graduating students of the Printing and Batik, Computer Appreciation, Beaded Jewelry & Wire Works and Adult Literacy classes. Before then he advised the students simply to heed every word of wisdom they have been hearing on this day of their graduation, as the day was more than just a ceremony, but a day they were putting a cap on their training.

The CEO came up again to introduce the instructors and other officials of the school. He also praised them for their continuous dedication and sacrifice. He then proceeded to give the usual cash award to the best graduating students of each class . He then invited Dr. Gabriel Oyediji to give the last address and presentation of the day.

Dr. Oyediji praised the CEO of CVED for his vision and tirelessness. He then congratulated all the graduating students; noting that not all beginners are finishers. He stated that we now live in the dispensation of cottage industries. They will begin to rule the economy. Even if you have a University degree you must be quick to add a vocation to your knowledge. He told the students not to wait for white collar jobs. They must begin to practice at once what they have been taught. Your real certificate is constant practice. That is the only way you can become perfect. He also told them to stay in touch with their instructors.

The CEO, Rev. David Olatona, and Dr. Oyediji took turn to pray special prayers for the graduating students. Mrs. Oyediji said the closing prayer before the national anthem was taken.

One of the high moments of this graduation was the cutting of a birthday cake by the CEO of CVED Rev David Olatona, who clocked 50 barely three days earlier. The various classes also took turn to present gifts to their instructors, the church and the CEO.

 

More pictures of the ceremony below:

 

 

CVED 18th GRADUATION CEREMONY

CVED DIGNITARIES/SPEAKERS

  • Adeniyi Akomolede
  • Adeola Akomolede
  • Damilola Adeoti
  • Funmi Nworie
  • Yinka Fisher (Coordinator, SMEDAN Lagos Buiness Office)
  • Comrade Prince Saviour Iche (AMEN, National President)
  • Pastor Olajide Esan (Coordinator, CVED)
  • Pastor Nicholas Uanikhoba (Registrar, CVED)
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Dignitaries and Speakers of the event

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Dignitaries and Speakers of the event

INSTRUCTORS

  • Pastor Mercy Esan
  • Funmi Alonge
  • Hannah Adedina
  • Cecilia Omoagbor
  • Taiwo Ayotunde
  • Blessing Agboola
  • Hadeza Omotayo
  • Josephine Chukwuma
  • Solomon Gbadamosi
  • Ayomide Oyekanmi
  • Michael Ilesanmi

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On the 2nd of October 2015, this session’s orientation and induction ceremony was held, and after weeks of skill training, 185 students made it to the final day! On the 18th of December, in the Dominion Faith International Church auditorium, the 18th CVED graduation ceremony was held! It was indeed another colourful ceremony as Pastor Jide Esan (the CVED Coordinator) welcomed all graduants and guests to the event. In his opening speech, he said he knows that many would have been asking how we have done this for years free of charge! He stated that our driving force is the vision of the church and also of the organisation (CVED) – to raise economically self-reliant individuals and leaders. He congratulated the graduants for the successful completion of their respective vocational training.

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Pastor Nicholas Uanikhoba read the CEO’s speech, and on behalf of Rev. David Olatona who was unavoidably absent enjoined the new graduants to start up something with their newly acquired skills and encouraged them to be masters of their trade.

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Mr. Adeniyi Akomolede delivered the first speech; encouraging the graduants the ideas rule the world. The skills they have just acquired are not new, but if they must go into business with the skills, they must stay true to their trades be innovative with their products. He told them that the training is like a seed in their hands that they must grow and must make attractive; this in turn will help them make impact. After his speech, he presented certificates to graduating Chemical Production students and the only graduating student in the Photography and Video editing class.

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The second speech was given by Mr. Damilola Adeoti. He told of his story – how he did not start as a CEO, but is now a CEO. He talked to the graduants about believing in themselves, being hard workers, being honest with their clients and succeeding in the end! He also encouraged them to develop saving habits, as this will help them with start-up and continuity capital. Above all, they must stay informed and hold on to God. He, thereafter, presented certificates to the Adult Literacy and Skill Printing & Batik students.

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Mrs. Adeola Akomolede gave the third speech. She asked the graduating students what they planned to do with the knowledge they have just gained. She used herself as an example; she was a branch manager of a bank who also baked. A lot of caterers, hairdressers, event decorators are out there but she charged and encouraged them that what would make them relevant is if they were confident, focused, maintained a mentor-protégé relationship (to not be too proud to ask questions), be all about their clients (“customer-centric”), and have faith in God! She said all these would make them stand out in their trades! After her speech, she presented certificates to the Hairdressing and Decoration graduating students.

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Comrade Prince Iche’s speech followed. He pointed out that the previous speakers had said most of it all, but encouraged the students to start something now and continue until they became perfect. He told them this was the only way they would reach the destination God was taking them to. He then presented certificates to the Beads and Jewellery-making graduating students.

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Mr. Yinka Fisher’s speech came next. He stated that a lot of people cry of want and lack because they have not discovered their gifts; he said there was no one without a gift! He invited Mrs. Goodness to the stage; she was a trainee under SMEDAN who now makes sweaters, socks and mufflers. He hoped that CVED would one day soon work with her to include her skill into their training program. He encouraged the graduants to practicalize their trainings to achieve their dreams; told them they would sure make mistakes but they must keep on; they must think big and start small.

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Mrs. Funmi Nworie, mother of 6 and entrepreneur was invited to the stage next for her speech. She makes and packages juices and beverages. She stated she was glad to see a lot of women graduating, and encouraged her that women can build their families alongside their businesses. She said they should take their skills to business levels; and for evolution they must get information!

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Mr. Fisher was invited back on stage to present certificates to the Make-over and Gele Tying students; and Pastor Jide Esan presented the final sets of certificates to the graduating Catering students.

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Mr. Damilola Adeoti assisted in presenting cash gifts to the best student of each class. Pastor Jide Esan made the announcements for the next session. New and old students are welcome for the next session that would commence February 6, 2016. Forms would be available from January 12, 2016; registering students are to pay the sum of #1,200 upon registration – #200 for the CVED form and #1,000 graduating fee.

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Mr. Yinka Fisher did the closing prayer, followed by the national anthem. The event closed on a high praise note, as choir members of the Dominion Faith International Church took the stage!

 

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CVED 18TH SESSION ORIENTATION (2ND OCT, 2015 )

The 18th session CVED orientation started 12 noon with an opening prayer led by Mrs. Alice Sibigam, followed by Praise/worship by Mrs. Funke Oyekanmi.

The ceremony was anchored by Mrs. Sibigam. She introduced Pastor Nicholas Uanikhoba – the Registrar, CVED –  who mounted the podium to give the welcome address & a brief history on CVED. In his speech, he thanked the students for choosing the path to help themselves by learning a skill to improve their financial status. He prayed that God will cause them to succeed considering the fact that they are learning under an anointed atmosphere.

Mrs. Sibigam introduced the courses available this 18th session, and their instructors respectively:

  1. Beaded Jewelry and Wire Works
  2. Screen Printing and batik
  3. Catering
  4. Makeover/Head gear
  5. Chemical Production
  6. Adult Literacy (Basic and Advanced)
  7. Events Decoration
  8. Computer Appreciation
  9. Video editing/photography
  10. Hairdressing

The instructors are:

  1. BEAD MAKING/WIRE WORKS: Mrs. Josephine Chukwuma
  2. CATERING: Mrs. Funmilayo Alonge
  3. HAIRDRESSING: Mrs. Blessing Agboola
  4. MAKE UP/HEAD GEAR: Mrs. Hadiza Omotayo
  5. EVENTS DECORATION: Mrs. Adedina
  6. CHEMICAL PRODUCTION: Mrs. Funke Oyekanmi
  7. COMPUTER APPRECIATION: Mr. Solomon Gbadamosi
  8. PRINTING AND BATIK: Mr. Ayo Oyekanmi
  9. ADULT LITERACY BASIC: Mrs. Cecelia Omoagbor
  10. ADULT LITERACY ADVANCED: Mrs. Mercy Esan
  11. VIDEO EDITING AND PHOTOGRAPHY: Mr. Michael

The CVED coordinator, Pastor Jide Esan took over afterwards to give out some vital information and guidelines that every students had to strictly adhere to. The duration of study would be twelve (12) weeks as usual, between 12 noon – 2 pm (for Catering, Adult Literacy, Decoration, Videography and Chemical production classes) and between 3 pm to 5 pm (for Printing and Batik, Hairdressing, Bead making and wire works, Make up and head gear and Computer classes).

Other instructions included the issue of ID cards that will be given to all students without which they will not be permitted into the premises; every student must participate in the weekly roll call for each department to determine which students are present or absent; submission of completed forms; old students will not be taken back to repeat or take other classes; full participation in classes, respect for instructors and total obedience to instructions; 80% attendance is required before a student can graduate from the school; payment of the token required to make their practical so as to ascertain their knowledge of what is being taught; appraisal & tests will be conducted from time to time; certificates will be issued at the end of the session with a graduation fee of #1000 for hiring of graduation gowns.

The Coordinator also laid down rules on punctuality, decent dressing, safe keeping of personal properties, interaction with one another, mutual respect for each other, prohibition of marketing their wares, cleaning up of the environment after each class; lastly he advised them to value the program – though it is free, someone is paying for it.

So far, one hundred and ninety-six (196) students registered for classes this 18th session! We look forward to an exciting twelve weeks ahead!

The orientation lasted for one hour five minutes, after which they were asked to split into their different classes for commencement of classes. The closing prayer was said by Pastor Jide Esan.

Cross-section of new students!

Cross-section of new students!

Some of the instructors

Some of the instructors

CVED Coordinator, Pastor Jide Esan, addressing students

CVED Coordinator, Pastor Jide Esan, addressing students

Pastor Nicholas Uanikhoba, CVED Registrar, addressing the students

Pastor Nicholas Uanikhoba, CVED Registrar, addressing the students

Some praise to open the new session!

Some praise to open the new session!

CVED 17th GRADUATION CEREMONY

CVED DIGNITARIES

  • Mr. Tunde Fasanya (CEO, Bold Ark Limited)
  • Mr. Yinka Fisher (Coordinator, SMEDAN Lagos Buiness Office)
  • Comrade Prince Saviour Iche (AMEN, National President)
  • Dr. Gabriel Oyediji (Director, Compassionate Orphanage)
  • Mr. Goldman E. Kalu (Coordinator, Child Protection Network, an initiative of UNICEF)
  • Pastor Olajide Esan (Coordinator, CVED)
  • Pastor Nicholas Uanikhoba (Registrar, CVED)
Some of the dignitaries

Some of the dignitaries

INSTRUCTORS

  • Pastor Mercy Esan
  • Mrs. Funmi Alonge
  • Mrs. Hannah Adedina
  • Mrs. Cecilia Omoagbor
  • Mrs. Olufunke Oyekanmi
  • Mrs. Blessing Agboola
  • Mrs. Hadeza Omotayo
  • Mrs. Josephine Chukwuma
  • Mr. Solomon Gbadamosi
  • Mr. Ayomide Oyekanmi
  • Mr. Michael Ilesanmi

Opening prayer was led by Sister Seun Ajayi at 12 noon which lasted for ten minutes, thereafter Sister Funke Oyekanmi took the opening praise that also lasted for ten minutes. The national anthem followed suit and was led by Brother Solomon Gbadamosi.

Brother Kayode Aishida and Sister Seun Ajayi were introduced as the anchors for the day and they welcomed all the instructors, the graduants and all their well wishers to the occasion.

The Anchors - Bro. Kayode Aishida & Mrs. Oluwaseun Ajayi

The Anchors – Bro. Kayode Aishida & Mrs. Oluwaseun Ajayi

Pastor Jide Esan who also doubles as the CVED Coordinator gave a speech also welcoming everybody and congratulating the graduants for the successful completion of their respective vocational training.

The Coordinator of CVED, Pastor Olajide Esan during his speech

The Coordinator of CVED, Pastor Olajide Esan during his speech

Thereafter, the Registrar of CVED, Pastor Nicholas on behalf of Reverend David Olatona who was unavoidably absent enjoined the new graduants to start up something with their newly acquired skills and encouraged them to be masters of their trade.

The Registrar of CVED, Pastor Nicholas Uanikhoba during his speech, on behalf of Rev. David Olatona

The Registrar of CVED, Pastor Nicholas Uanikhoba during his speech, on behalf of Rev. David Olatona

The Coordinator, Pastor Jide Esan gave the first set of certificates to student graduants in the Adult Literacy, Photography & Videpgraphy and Computer Appreciation classes.

Pastor Olajide Esan giving out certificates to some students of the Adult Literacy, Photography and Computer classes

Pastor Olajide Esan giving out certificates to some students of the Adult Literacy, Photography and Computer classes

The first speech was delivered by the Key Speaker, Mr. Tunde Fasanya and he firstly appreciated Rev. David Olatona for the opportunity given to him; he also appreciated the grace of God on Rev. David Olatona and the love he has for people in seeing them being employers of labour and economically self-sufficient, which is a rare trait in men. Mr Fasanya’s message to the three hundred and four (304) graduants centered on DILIGENCE. He urged them all to believe in God and be steadfast in prayers, assuring them of God’s provision if they make God the CEO of their respective chosen fields. He emphasized on the need to be practical in one’s dealings, advised them not to be rude to their customers because when they do, they lose that particular customer to a rival; he told them to be humble at all times even when pushed to act otherwise. He advised them not to wait till they have a huge sum of money before they start up a business of their own, urging them to start irrespective of how little the cash at hand may be. Finally, he told the graduants that their success doesn’t depend on their religion, culture, background, race or any of such factors but that their success lies in their own hands.

The keynote speaker, Mr. Tunde Fasanya during his speech on DILIGENCE

The keynote speaker, Mr. Tunde Fasanya during his speech on DILIGENCE

He presented certificates to the Beads & Wire-works and the Screen Printing student graduants.

Mr. Tunde Fasanya giving out certificates to graduating students of the Screen Printing and Beads & Wire-works classes

Mr. Tunde Fasanya giving out certificates to graduating students of the Screen Printing and Beads & Wire-works classes

The second speech was delivered by Comrade Iche and he majored on ATTITUDE. He made them understand that attitude helps them in keeping their clients; also talked about the importance of sacrifice, citing Abraham as a sample and also about the need to invest gainfully. He told them to make God a part of their lives and if they do, their business story will change. He also said to them that it doesn’t matter how many people is in the same business with them, they should strive to add a personal touch to their own thing.

Comrade Iche during his speech on ATTITUDE

Comrade Iche during his speech on ATTITUDE

He presented the certificates to the Decoration & Hairdressing and also the Makeup & Headgear Tying student graduants.

Comrade Iche presenting certificates to students graduating from the Events Decoration, Hairdressing & Make-up Classes

Comrade Iche presenting certificates to students graduating from the Events Decoration, Hairdressing & Make-up Classes

The last speech was said by Mr. Goldman Kalu, he advised them not to hide/bury their talents/skills and that the skills they have acquired should be applied with diligence for them to go far in life. He urged the parents present amongst the graduants to take care of their children/wards and be sensitive where they are concerned, so as to be able to identify signs of abuse.

Mr. Goldman E. Kalu during his speech

Mr. Goldman E. Kalu during his speech

He presented certificates to the Home-use Chemical Production student graduants.

Mr. Goldman presenting certificates to graduating students from the Chemical Production class

Mr. Goldman presenting certificates to graduating students from the Chemical Production class

After the speeches, Pastor Jide came up to inform the attendees and guests on the upcoming new session. The new session is to commence on the 25th of September 2015 and it is going to run for 12 weeks; the registration forms will be out for sale from the 16th of September 2015 and for the first time since the inception of CVED, the forms will be sold and will sell for a token of #100. He also told the attendees that the 18th session will be for people who have not participated and benefited from CVED ever since its inception and urged those present to invite their friends and family to come partake of this opportunity. After this, he awarded certificates to the Catering student graduants.

Pastor Olajide Esan presenting certificates to graduating students from the largest class this session - the Catering Class

Pastor Olajide Esan presenting certificates to graduating students from the largest class this session – the Catering Class

Mrs Fasanya spoke briefly to the graduants and prayed for them that their testimonies would start rolling in; she assisted in presenting the #5000 cash gifts to the best students in each department. The best student in the Chemical Production class received an extra cash gift of #10000 courtesy Rev. Oyediji.

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Mrs. Fasanya presenting cash gifts to the best students of each class

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The students' vote of thanks and gift presentations

The students’ vote of thanks and gifts presentations

Pastor Jide Esan took the announcements and said the closing prayer. The event ended at 3:10 pm.

To the glory of God, the graduation was another colourful and wonderful event; we bless God for the lives that are touched through us each session and in every nation we have taken this skill acquisition training to; God bless you all also for being a part of this dream that keeps turning into an explosive reality with each and every student’s life imparted!

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The Cakes for the day!

The Cakes for the day!

Cross-section of the graduating students

Cross-section of the graduating students

Some of the students displaying their handcrafts - from MakeUp to Bead Accessories to Headgears!

Some of the students displaying their handcrafts – from MakeUp to Bead Accessories to Headgears!

The students' practical works on display

The students’ practical works on display

CVED 17TH SESSION ORIENTATION MEETING (12TH JUNE, 2015)

The ceremony started on a lively note with opening prayer by Mrs. Sibigam and Praise/Worship by Sis. Funke Oyekanmi. The Master of Ceremony was Kayode Aishida.

The MC, Kayode Ace Aishida; Solomon Gbadamosi and the Registrar of CVED, Pastor Nicholas giving their separate speeches.

The MC, Kayode Ace Aishida; Solomon Gbadamosi and the Registrar of CVED, Pastor Nicholas giving their separate speeches.

Mr. Solomon Gbadamosi gave a brief history of CVED while Pastor Nicholas introduced the courses for this session. The following are the courses available for this session:

  1. Beaded Jewelry and Wire works
  2. Screen Printing and Batik
  3. Catering
  4. Make-over/Head-gear Tying
  5. Chemical Production
  6. Adult Literacy (Basic and Advanced)
  7. Events Decoration
  8. Computer Appreciation
  9. Videography/Photography
  10. Hairdressing

The CVED coordinator, Pastor Jide introduced the instructors:

  1. ADULT LITERACY ADVANCED: Mrs. Mercy Esan
  2. ADULT LITERACY BASIC: Mrs. Cecelia Omoagbor
  3. PRINTING AND BATIK: Mr. Ayo Oyekanmi
  4. COMPUTER APPRECIATION: Mr. Solomon Gbadamosi
  5. CHEMICAL PRODUCTION: Mrs. Ayotunde and Mrs. Oyekanmi
  6. EVENTS DECORATION: Mrs. Adedina
  7. MAKE UP/HEAD GEAR: Mrs. Hadeza Omotayo
  8. HAIRDRESSING: Mrs. Blessing Agboola
  9. CATERING: Mrs. Funmilayo Alonge
  10. BEAD MAKING/WIRE WORKS: Mrs. Josephine Chukwuma
  11. VIDEO EDITING AND PHOTOGRAPHY: Mr. Michael Ilesanmi
The Instructors

The Instructors

cross-section of studentsThe video editing and photography class is a new class, just introduced in this session.The classes will be in operation every Friday from the hours of 12 noon – 2 pm and 3 pm – 5 pm concurrently. The following classes will take place from 12 noon to 2 pm:

  1. Catering class
  2. Adult Literacy class (Basic and Advanced)
  3. Decoration class
  4. Video editing class
  5. Chemical Production class

While these classes will run from 3 pm – 5 pm:

  1. Printing and Batik class
  2. Hairdressing class
  3. Bead making and wire works class
  4. Make up and head gear class
  5. Computer class

The CVED coordinator gave a brief charge to the new intakes; he said that the starting point in anyone’s life is his mindset. Believe in yourself. Think big, start small, start now. Until you take a step to start, you will never do anything. The key to success is starting with what you’ve learnt. Have a drive to start something and not only to just come and learn. The road to success is always under construction but anyone who has the drive to succeed will pass through it with ease.

The CVED Coordinator, Pastor Jide Esan, addressing the students

The CVED Coordinator, Pastor Jide Esan, addressing the students

In conclusion, the CVED coordinator prayed for the prospective students, and they were divided into classes to meet with their instructors for further information. The orientation ended at about 1:25 pm.

Registration still going on during orientation meeting

Registration still going on during orientation meeting

Students in their different classes after the orientation session, for brief instructions

Students in their different classes after the orientation session, for brief instructions

16TH CVED GRADUATION: SEED SOWN FOR TRANSFORMATIONAL LIVES!

“Poverty in Nigeria is more than a phenomenon; it is an endemic cataclysm and a myth that has presented itself to be indecipherable, even to the governments at all tiers. Statistics, recently have shown that, poverty rate remains significant at about 33% in Africa’s biggest economy (Nigeria); out of which, Lagos State habours a larger share; 7 out of every 10 smiling Lagosian is poor.

Philosophers have argued it that, the major reason, aside corruption, why it has never been; and may never be possible (if care is not taken) for the governments of the nation to successfully tackle poverty in the nation, despite the massive deposit of natural resources cum enduring manpower, is income inequality and ethnic conflict.

CVED is an initiative that began with the ideology of bridging the gap of income inequality and ethnic conflict through FREE economic empowerment and on a non-denominational platform to all and sundry.

The Centre for Vocational Empowerment and Development started off, at first, as a community feeding project in February 2007, with a Free lunch Project, that concomitantly fed about 300 less privileged masses, every Friday for about 10 months.

In November 2009, under the platform of FEEDS (Free Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy), free training was provided to the first set of people within the community, enabling them acquire skills in the areas such as Events Decoration, Catering, production of home-use chemical products, making of beaded jewelries and wire works, screen printing, Computer appreciation and Desktop publishing, adult literacy and Hairdressing. This marked the beginning of certification of beneficiaries.

Promulgated by law on the 6th of May, 2013, the initiative became a body corporate, that has made the certificate recognizable and a relevant evidence of training to all its careers.

In pursuance of his vision – to impart lives positively, and in fulfillment of his divine mandate as a selfless leader, Rev. David ‘Kayode Olatona, has succeeded in taking this initiative to about 12 West African Countries, where thousands of souls have been richly blessed and living made interesting.

On this note, I welcome you to the 16th Graduation ceremony since the inception of this program as FEEDS. It is unarguable that this is indeed a special graduating session. The graduation is held in the month of grace, in the year of grace and on the date of grace (16 + 16 = 3 + 2 = 5). This is an evidence that all the graduands of this session have been divinely marked out for God’s unmerited favour. Can you please celebrate yourselves please!

Today I want to say a big congratulation to the 291 who finally made it. At Registration point, the total number of 503 people showed interest by obtaining the Forms, out of which, only 415 attended the orientation Course. Although, a total of 375 are Eligible for Graduating; many are called but thank God for the few that are chosen.

So far, about three thousand six hundred and sixty-one (3,661) people have been empowered and issued certificates both locally and internationally. Many of them are financially independent today, and they are building prosperous ventures, and business empires that will, someday, transform the economic state of Africa for good.

Through CVED, we aim at helping participants to attain personal, professional and spiritual growth (through the PUSH program); and we are confident that lives have been and are still being enriched, poverty becoming eradicated, and future oriented entrepreneurs emerging.

Finally I wish to appreciate every one of you for your presence at this auspicious occasion.

Be richly blessed in Jesus name. Amen”

This was the Registrar’s opening speech at the 16th edition of the CVED graduation ceremony held at the Dominion Faith International Church premises.

On the 16th day of May, 2015; the 16th edition of the Center for Vocational Empowerment and Development (C.V.E.D.) graduation took place as scheduled within the main auditorium of Dominion Faith International Church (DFIC). By 12 noon, the graduands were already either seated or outside dressing up or taking pictures as they all proudly donned their colourful graduation gowns.

The opening prayer was taken for five (5) minutes by Sis. Funke Oyekanmi while Sis. Favour Sunday came up after to lead everyone in praise to God for making such a day possible. The Anchor for the day was Kayode Aishida who set to the task of welcoming everyone and brought on Bro. Solomon Gbadamosi (Registrar of C.V.E.D.) to come lead the national anthem and then to give a speech on what C.V.E.D. is all about; a foremost institution that was graduating two hundred and ninety-one (291) students on this glorious day.

When he was done with the speech, the registrar then proceeded to award certificates to graduands of the Decoration and Hair Dressing classes.

Up next was one of the Special Guests of the event, Mrs. Aramide Gansallo, who expressed her delight at such a privilege to attend the event, stating further that her attendance was possible because it was the first on a Saturday as previous editions has been held on weekdays. She also affirmed her happiness for all those that started the programme and saw it off to conclusion, declaring it a thing of joy.

After her short address, she joined the Registrar to award certificates to graduands of the Adult Literacy, Printing, Computer and Beaded Jewelry & Wire work classes.

Afterwards, the M.C. brought up another member of the Special Guest in the person of Deacon Bamidele Adewumi who charged the graduands to always look for ways to help others just like they have been helped. He then presented certificates to graduands of the Chemical and Make-Up classes.

The next speaker was Comrade (Prince) Saviour Iche who to his credit always makes himself available for every C.V.E.D. graduation he’s invited for. He admonished the graduands not to wait to have millions before they start their business but that they could start now at their level. He told them from personal testimony that as long as they held on to God, then prosperity in their business is assured. He also encourages them to be consistent and to add excellence to whatever it is that they do. He rounded off his speech by reminding them that Time waits for no man so they should start their business now and do things well. He helped award certificates to graduands of Catering class.

After all the certificates were awarded, the Coordinator of CVED in the person of Pastor Jide Esan came on board to read out the announcements, where he confirmed that the forms for the next session of C.V.E.D. will be out by 2nd of June, 2015 and classes would be resuming by 12th of June, 2015.

After the announcement session, various classes came forward to show their appreciation to the Visioneer for such a laudable project and also to celebrate him as it was the week of his birthday. They also appreciated their instructors as they presented gifts to the Visioneer, the Coordinator and their various instructors.

After all the presentation, the MC brought on the Visioneer, the CEO of C.V.E.D. and the Senior Pastor of DFIC, Rev. David Olatona, to address the graduands and to bless them. He blessed them and also presented a cash prize to the best graduand in each class. There was even time given to one of the Board of Trustees, Dominion Faith International Church, in the person of Dr. Gabriel Oyediji, who arrived just about then, to chip in a few golden words of advice to the graduands and also presented as is customary his own personal cash prize to the best student of the Chemical Class.

Reverend David Olatona thereafter came to give the closing remarks; blessing everyone with the assurance that the seed of greatness that will blossom into a transformed lives have been deeply sown in the lives of every graduand.

To the glory of God, the event ended at about 3.10pm successfully as we all gracefully anticipate more exploits in the 17th session.

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CVED (16TH EDITION) ORIENTATION MEETING

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Prayer, Praise and Worship Session

On the 13th February, 2015, the 16th CVED episode started in the Dominion Faith church auditorium. Opening prayer was led by Mrs. Alice Sibigam. Praise and worship was led by Sis. Funke Oyekanmi. Pastor Jide Esan then gave a brief history of CVED.

Some of the instructors

Some of the instructors

Mr. Solomon Gbadamosi (CVED Registrar) then came on to introduce the courses and the instructors to the students. He explained that the Chemical, Decoration, Catering and Adult Literacy classes will hold from 12-2 pm on the Fridays, while the Hairdressing, Computer, Printing, Make-up and Bead-making/Wire works classes will hold from 3-5 pm.

Registrar of CVED, Solomon Gbadamosi, addressing the students

Registrar of CVED, Solomon Gbadamosi, addressing the students

He went on to talk about the students’ requirement for certificates at the end of the training, some of which includes obtaining the form, properly filling it and submitting it; active participation in practicals conducted during class; punctuality; and so on.

Pastor Jide Esan addressed the students once again; he said the graduation of this session will take place on a Saturday because the Chairman of CVED and Senior Pastor of the Dominion Faith church – Rev. David Olatona – will like to be around, as well as other important dignitaries. The graduation date, therefore, will be Saturday May 16th, 2015. Graduation gowns will cost N1,000 per student.

He listed the “10 commandments of CVED” –

  • Punctuality is of essence
  • Decent dressing is required
  • No business transaction will be permitted
  • No loitering around the premises
  • Do not destroy the church properties
  • Keep your personal belongings safe
  • Children must be guarded carefully
  • Unruly behaviour will attract dismissal
  • Change of course/class is only permitted on the orientation day
  • Students must wear their tags every time they come to class
Pastor Jide Esan addressing the students

Pastor Jide Esan addressing the students

Other announcements included:

  • Students must write their names in the attendance list during every class
  • Purchasing of the handouts is not compulsory, only necessary
  • Students who wish to learn things relating to their course, but outside the curriculum, can negotiate with their instructors; but this will be outside CVED
  • Business classes will be taken during the session
  • The P.U.S.H. programme is an initiative of the CEO and it takes place monthly, the last Thursday of every month from 7-8 am. This is for everyone interested in participating in breakthrough prayers for their businesses and careers.
  • Respect for each other and the instructors is required by the students.

Pastor Jide Esan then took the closing prayer and rounded up the programme, which ended at 1:30 pm.

Cross-section of students

Cross-section of students