Lagos targets 300,000 artisans for job creation

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

At least 300,000 artisans and graduates are being targeted in Lagos State as the government inaugurates a job registration and labour exchange centre in Eti-Osa Local Government on the Island of Lagos State.

This brings to two out of the five job registration and labour exchange centres earlier proposed for establishment across the five divisions in Lagos.

While inaugurating the office, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said eradicating the problem of unemployment remained one of the heartbeats of his administration.

Governor Ambode who also commissioned several local and state government projects in Epe, Ibeju Lekki, Eti-Osa and Shomolu Local Government Areas of the State, said his administration would continue to utilise tax payers’ money judiciously.

Represented by the Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr Akinyemi Ashade, the governor tasked ‘Lagosians’ to always respect the rule of law and ensure voluntary compliance in their civic duties.

“In my inaugural speech, I told you I was going to run an open government of inclusion, where everyone would be involved in day to day administration without minding your age, race, creed or religion, ensure proper maintenance and sustainability of the projects commissioned. Be law abiding and take ownership of the projects. On our part, we would continue to ensure that tax payers’ money is put to good use,” Governor Ambode said.

In Epe, the Governor who was represented by his Special Adviser on Community and Communications, Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan, said he would not renege on his promise to run a government of inclusion that would make all and sundry enjoy the dividends of democracy, however urging them to continue to pay their taxes and rates promptly.

Among the projects commissioned include blocks of classroom at St. Theresa’s College, Oke-Oyingbo, Town Hall at Ita-Opo, Epe and Regional Water Scheme, Otta-Ikosi.

In Eti-Osa Local Government, Governor Ambode who was represented by State’s Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade, commissioned the 1.9km Unity/1st Avenue Osapa London Road in Eti-Osa Local Government and block of 16 classrooms with modern facilities at Kuramo Primary School in Iru-Victoria Island Local Council Development Area (LCDA).

The Unity/1st Avenue Osapa London Road was designed with standard walkways, drainage system and street light.

Job centre

On the newly commissioned job centre, the State’s Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mr Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti said the Job Registration Centre would professionalise the informal sector..

Durosinmi-Etti, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr Abdulhammed Mustapha explained that the essence of the centre was to register, train and provide job opportunities for artisans and unemployed graduates.
“Under the initiative, between 500 and 600 artisans would be trained at each centres, while the project is expected to capture about 20, 000 to 30, 000 from the informal sector at the initial stage, and then about 200 to 300, 000 subsequently,” Durosinmi-Etti stressed.

In Shomolu Local Government, Governor Ambode commissioned a Primary Health Centre and Diagnosis Centre named after him and a 400metres road in Bariga Local Council Development Area.

Maternal mortality

Speaking while inaugurating the Primary Health Care Centre (PHC), Governor Ambode, who was represented by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Art and Culture, Mrs Adebimpe Akinsola, said that the Centre would cater for the health needs of residents and reduce the incidences of maternal mortality.

He said the 400metres of Baptist Church Street would link several communities in the area, even as he warned against destruction of the roads by plumbers and other artisans.

In Ibeju Lekki Local Government, Governor Ambode who was represented by the Special Adviser, Food Security, Ganiu Okanlomo Sanni, commissioned the Origanrigan and Awoyaya Primary Health Care centre, saying it was in line with his administration’s zero tolerance for maternal mortality.

Accommodating federal agencies

Speaking in an interview, the Executive Secretary, Eti-Osa Local Government, Mr Alaba Ajayi stressed that the block of offices would accommodate some agencies of government such as the Immigration, population commission, the National Orientation Agency as well as the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence.

Positive impact

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Transport, Mr Anofiu Elegushi noted that the projects would enhance the living standard of citizens.

A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Gbolahan Yishau lauded the executive for the various projects being completed across the state, describing them as people-oriented.