Lagos state government has restated its commitment to ensure that the issue unemployment is addressed in the state.
The Governor of Lagos state Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode gave the assurance at a Stakeholders’ Summit organised by the state Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment with the theme: Strengthening Partnership for Employment Opportunities and Wealth Creation in a Competitive Environment.
Governor Ambode said that his government was committed to address the employment situation which affect particularly the teeming youths.
“We are committed to reduce the numbers of unemployed youths in Lagos state because this is a mini-Nigeria where everyone is on board.” Governor Ambode said
He added that “the establishment of the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment shortly after assuming office is a proof of this commitment with our intention to put in place an empowerment initiative that would ultimately benefit the entire populace and we have fulfilled our financial commitment to the Empowerment Trust Fund for year 2016 with an initial release of 6.25 billion naira.”
The Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Mrs. Oluranti Adebule explained that the Summit was designed to address challenges of unemployment in the state.
“The Summit is a platform to strategically address the challenges of unemployment in our state and to also generate ideas, harmonize strategies and forge strong partnership for sustainable wealth creation in the state” he added
The Nigeria’s Vice President, Mr. Yemi Osinbajo who was represented by the Special Adviser to President Buhari on economic matters, Mr. Adeyemi Dipeolu promised that “the Buhari-led government would work with the state to actualize the dream of becoming a dynamo of Nigeria’s economy.”
Osinbajo who decried the level of unemployment in the country said that it was one major issue which government at all level must address, commending the move by the Lagos State to address it.
While delivering her key note address, the Chairman of the Empowerment Trust Fund, Mrs. Ifueko Omoigui said that the issue of unemployment was a priority which needed urgent attention.
Omoigui noted that “Nigeria needs to create about six million jobs every year to reduce job deficit.”
She continued “The provision that is being made in the Empowerment Trust Fund is not just for indigenes of the state alone but everyone with productive ideas that can stimulate the economy.”
She however emphasised the need for adequate education to enhance potentials in the youths.
In his remarks, the State Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti said that government was committed to create enabling atmosphere for the private establishment to thrive.
According to him, “Our Primary goal apart from reducing unemployment is try to set up enabling environment for the private sector to grow. Because if they grow, it will have multiplier effects of jobs in Lagos state and on the other hand, we are also working on mindset orientation with youths to make them more employable.”
Durosinmi-Etti disclosed that employment centres have been created to achieve the set goals by the Ministry.
“We have employment centres and guidance and counselling. And this is to have a repository of information domiciled at the centres which the office can use to guide these youths and make them employable.” he said
The Commissioner who canvassed for private partnership on the areas of exchange programmes, skill acquisition and training said the “forum was designed to provide a mechanism to facilitate deeper understanding of employment issues and generate a plan of action through strategic conversation with high-level leadership from both private and public sectors.”
Technical sessions on Wholesale and Retail, Constructive Trade, Agro Allied and Small and Medium Enterprises and Financing were later opened, where issues of unemployment among the youths and also explore the role of cognitive education and technical skills for broadening opportunities for paid and self employment were discussed.