Lagos may be popular for traffic jam and lately, flood. However, better days are here for Lagosians as the Lagos State Government has launched the ‘Jobs Initiative Lagos’ programme for youths in eight Lagos tertiary institutions based in the state.
The programme is designed as a complementary training for students in final and penultimate year in entrepreneurship, employability and basic digital skills required for the labour market, the office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Tokunbo Wahab, said in a statement.
Wahab said that the programme was established to fill documented gaps in the current curriculum that is essential in the labour market while improving the employability of graduates in Lagos State.
Candidates will get an opportunity to be featured on jobs portal from where partner corporate organisations can select fresh graduates for recruitment, Wahab said.
He also revealed that the initiative will run alongside a more robust digital skills campaign ‘Digital Skills Initiative Lagos’ www.dsilagos.ng meant to empower over one million young people in Lagos with digital skills by 2023 and make the state the tech hub of Africa.
He stressed that secondary school students in Lagos would have access to well-trained instructors while those out of school would be able to access digital skills training and various internship opportunities as they complete the programmes.
The projects are being coordinated by LoftyInc Allied Partners Limited – an innovative development company that grows start-up teams manages innovation programmes and facilitates impact projects in West Africa.
Wahab explained that the first phase of the ‘Jobs Initiatives Lagos’ kicked off in June and will continue over the next four months leveraging on the virtual learning platform, while the ‘Digital Skills Initiative Lagos’ will commence virtually until the ease of the lockdown necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Concerned Nigerians have applauded the move by the Sanwo-Olu government as it would save the next set of graduates from sending series of “Please, find attached…” without a reply.
After all an idle hand is the devil’s workshop but with the current state of the country and the height of unemployment, wetin man go do?