Lagos State Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mr. BabatundeDurosinmi–Etti has announced plans by the government accelerate job and wealth creation for the unemployed and under-employed in the state.
The commissioner noted that the programmes when implemented would lead to a more successful, sustainable and fairer economy.
Durosimi-Etti told journalists that there is a plan to explore more talents and resources to build the state’s potential to become a hub for the industries of the future. To this end, the ministry is strengthening collaborative approaches to drive and raise productivity.
According to him, the government is resolved to create an enabling environment for entrepreneurship and innovation to boost economic performance.
He said the state is encouraging more apprenticeship training courses, with a refocused skills training plan.
Durosinmi –Etti said this will boost job prospects across the local government areas. There is an action to create openings for artisans, build resource projects and reform the education system to prepare a workforce for the future.
According to him, the government has the objectives to maximise the school-to-jobs plan, including focusing on early hands-on learning in schools, shifting education to match jobs in demand and entering partnerships with industry and labour to deliver training.
The government, he stated, would be asking institutions to focus their training programmes and courses on what it calls high-demand occupations.
On job registration/ labour exchange centres, he said there will be one in each of the five divisions of the state.
Consequently, each local government / local council development area is to establish annexes of the centres in their various domains.
He said the ministry has so far commissioned the Badagry Division Centre in Ojo Local Government Secretariat, Ojo and the Lagos Division Centre at Igbo Efon, Eti-Osa Local Government Secretariat, Eti-Osa.
The Ikorodu Division Centre, according to him, is being renovated while office spaces have been secured at Epe and Mushin Local government secretariats to accommodate Epe Division and Ikeja Division respectively.
He stated also that the ministry was able to get five guidance counsellors re-deployed from the Ministry of Education to work at the centres on career guidance, in addition to other IT personnel.
The job registration /labour exchange centres (LECs), are meant to provide wealth creation and employment services with the state government giving focus on career counselling, he added