‘We are Building Students’ Capacity to reduce Unemployment’

Lagos State Governor Babajide  Sanwo-Olu has said  the ongoing Jobs Initiatives Lagos  (JIL) and entrepreneurship skills  programme designed for final year students and others is aimed at reducing  graduate unemployment  and grow young entrepreneurs.

Sanwo-Olu spoke at the Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPED), Naforija, Epe,  where the JIL programme was launched.

The JIL programme is in  partnership with LOFTYINC Allied and Partners.

Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Education, Tokunbo Wahab, said his government, in demonstration of its commitment to entrepreneurship skills development,  had built two additional vocational training centres in Badagry and Epe, thus bringing the centres to nine.

The governor enjoined the students to maximise benefits of the initiative and other entrepreneurship programmes to make them become globally competitive.

College Provost Prof. Olajide Onibon said JIL would expose  the students to life after school and increase their employability and entrepreneurial skills.

Onibon, who was represented by the Chief Librarian, Dr. Abayomi  Imam,  noted that the government’s jobs initiatives and  skills acquisition programmes were capable of reducing unemployment, while the emergence of  young entrepreneurs would help to stabilise the economy and  reduce poverty.

Secretary of the College Students’ Union Obafemi   Oluwatobi, who spoke for the students, hailed  the government and LOFTYINC for the initiative. He  added  that exposing students  to employability skills development programmes such as   soft skills, resume writing, work etiquettes, presentation and pitching, corporate  e–mail drafting, negotiation skills, interviewing techniques, microsoft skills, business development skills, among others, are life-changing opportunities they would not forget in a hurry.


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