Members of the Organized Private Sector (OPS) have been challenged to key into the graduate internship scheme of the Lagos State Government in other to create wealth.
The graduate internship scheme is aimed at equipping fresh graduates with necessary skills to transform them into job creators rather than job seekers.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode gave the charge at the Lagos House, when he received a delegation from Total Exploration & Production Nigeria Limited on a courtesy visit.
Governor Ambode said there was the need for the private sector to deploy its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) towards empowering youths with relevant training with the ultimate goal of making them to contribute to the advancement of the Nigerian society.
“I want our relationship on CSR to be scaled up so that we can start to have some kind of synergy between your expertise and the graduates that we churn out from our tertiary institutions in Lagos here.
We can look at a way of exploring new ways of creating wealth among our graduates or even in accessing training that you can afford us both locally and externally so that in the end, we will be able to do what we think is good for our new graduates and we will be part of the success story of Total and also make our graduates to be useful to the society on their own,” he stressed.
Governor Ambode also commended Total for investing heavily in Nigeria at a challenging time, saying the development underscored the trust and commitment of the firm to the improvement of Nigeria’s economy.
Besides, Governor Ambode reiterated his commitment to creating conducive business climate in the State, saying that such would ultimately go a long way in creating jobs.
“We believe strongly that whatever it is that we can do to make Lagos safer; to make Lagos more comfortable for investors and improve on the business climate, we would not hesitate to do it because at the end of the day, it will create more jobs for our people, we would get more taxes and also provide infrastructure for the people.
I just want to say that this is a partnership that we will like to enhance and also try as much as possible to ensure that your corporate existence is not jeopardized and in whatever form that government can do to assist in terms of needs of specific issues that relates to your organization, we will do it,” Governor Ambode assured.
The Managing Director of Total Mr Nicolas Terraz, said his team was at the Lagos House to further improve on the relationship which had always existed between Total Nigeria and the Lagos State Government.
Terraz, who was accompanied by other top management staff of the company, commended the Lagos State Government’s strides on security, the Light Up Lagos initiative and various infrastructural projects.