Enhancing youths’employability

 The Lagos State Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment has held a wokshop on employability for 300 youths in Badagry, DAN ESSIET reports.

More than half of the country’s population are youths. Of this number, 75 per cent, who are graduates, are unemployable.

According to sources, most graduates are not getting the right education that will prepare them for life. As a result, firms are investing in intensive training for fresh graduates to enable them become productive on the job. This has drawn the attention of the Lagos State government, which is taking steps to ensure that employability of the graduates of its institutions of higher education improves dramatically and that the schools modernise their curriculum.

Besides, the government is upgrading workers’ skills to enable them remain relevant in a technology-driven world.

Through the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment, the government trained 300 youths in Badagry. The four-day event, themed; Mindset re-orientation and employability skills programme, held at Badagry Local Government Town Hall.

Commissioner of Wealth Creation and Employment, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, stressed that those entering the employment market should have skills and exude confidence, empathy and creativity to get jobs.

She explained that employment requirements had changed; therefore, graduates should move with the times.

Represented by the Director of Employment, Mrs. Iyabo Seriki Bello, the Commissioner said the government was working to create a pool of market-ready talent.

She harped on practical knowledge that is in tune with the industry needs rather than encouraging rote learning.

With the impact of technology on the labour market marked by continuous change, she noted that the work environment had become more complex, requiring new skills.

She reiterated the readiness of the government to partner industries by investing in various training programmes.

She reiterated the commitment of the government to make the state one of the smartest economies in Africa through its Mindset Re-Orientation and Employability programme.

The commissioner stated that the initiative would help youths channel their energy properly towards career and skills that will improve their standard of living.

She implored youths to consider technical and vocational training that could make them self-reliant.

She assured the youth that the government would not only train them, but will also ensure that they access finance for their business through the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), introduced by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

Also, the representative of Chairman, Badagry Local Government, Shorayo Emmanuel Akande, said the wealth creation drive by the ministry would not only reduce unemployment, but will also reduce vices, increase skilled workforce and make youths more productive and responsive.

He affirmed the efforts of the government in ensuring that all local governments in the state benefit from its numerous training is a pointer to the fact that Lagos State government is willing to invest in improving the lives of its citizens, economically.

The Coordinator, Messrs. O’ Cube Consult, Mr. Onalaja Obidairo, informed the participants that the government was disturbed by the plight of unemployed youths that was why it introduced the programme. He advised participants to avail themselves of the opportunities offered by the training.

A facilitator of the programme, Francis Anyim, an Associate Professor, commended the Ambode administration, saying it is the only one in the country that created a ministry for wealth creation and jobs.

Kayode Sanyaolu and Jimoh Segun Rewane, who spoke on behalf of other participants, appealed to the government to create more training centres to enable more youths benefit from the programme.

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