The Lagos State government has established two Job Registration and Labour exchange centres to proffer solution to unemployment among the youths and job seekers in the State.
The Governor of the State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode at the inauguration of the centres in Badagry and Lagos Island divisions, said his government was committed to create a sustainable environment for job creation across the State.
“The Job Registration and Labour Exchange Centres in the Badagry and Lagos Island divisions were created to assure the residents of the State of our commitment to employment opportunities for the teeming youths,” the Governor said.
Governor Ambode, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Urban Development, Mrs. Yetunde Onabule at the Badagry division of the project, said that “Lagos State is committed to helping citizens in the area of securing sustainable jobs via the employability training that will be available to job seekers.”
According to the Governor, “Jobs will be made available to job seekers whose data will be captured at any of the Job Registration or Labour Exchange Centres across the five division of the State.”
The Governor reiterated his government’s commitment to addressing unemployment and promoting wealth creation through entrepreneurial development.
He urged the youths in the State to embrace technical and Vocational education with relevant certification in order to become quality entrepreneurs that will compete favourably with global business.
Dividends of democracy
At the inauguration of the Lagos division of the project, the State Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade, who delivered a speech on behalf of the Governor, assured that everyone would enjoy the benefits of democracy in the State.
He said ‘‘this administration is focused on the people of Lagos and providing community driven development, the commissioning of the Job Registration and Labour Exchange Centres underscores our philosophy of inclusion.”
Centres of opportunities
In his welcome address, the State Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi–Etti said the centres would act as a platform to connect the youths and job seekers with possible job opportunities via the comprehensive data generated which would be accessed by employers of labour.
“The centres will serve as a link between the job seekers and the private sector,” he said.
The Commissioner stated that “the Centres will be manned by guidance and counsellors whose focus will be on career counselling to enable the youths pursue the right career according to their passion and date capturing officers.”
He, however, encouraged individuals to visit the job exchange centres to gather relevant information on employment opportunities in which such individual could seek employment.
The Registration Centre of the Badagry Division is situated at Ojo Local Government Secretariat, Ojo while the Centre for the Lagos Island Division is at the Eti-Osa Local Government, Igbo-Efon, Eti-Osa of the State.