By Vera Anyagafu
The Lagos state government is set to explore partnerships with some recruitment agencies to collate the data of unemployed persons in the state with a view to capturing them in its wealth creation and employment drive.
According to the Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Yetunde Arobieke, who announced having over 48,000 job seekers in its database, the Ministry has, since the inception of the present administration, empowered and created wealth for different categories of people, including artisans, young entrepreneurs and university graduates.
Yetunde, made the pronouncements at the weekend while interacting with journalists on how the government will achieve this plan.
She said that, “Capturing all job seekers who desire to be gainfully employed or wish to become entrepreneurs is an issue, which we hope to tackle going forward”, stressing that the Ministry cannot do this alone but would be inviting and exploring a partnership with Recruitment Agencies in this onerous task of job creation.
The commissioner averred that one of the Ministry’s partnerships with the United States African Development Fund (USADF), through Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), produced a grant signing in respect of the USADF Youth-Led Enterprise.
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She said the LSETF/USADF initiative is a $10million matching fund aimed at impacting over 15,000 youths in Lagos State with skills and internships expected to result in sustainable job opportunities.
Also expressing confidence that more of such partnerships would position youths to take advantage of employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in the emerging African economy, Yetunde also spoke on the ongoing Cash Transfer programme in the State.
She however expressed confidence that the scheme would alleviate the standard of living of many residents of the state and also produce several wealth creators, disclosing that, enrollment of the would-be beneficiaries of the cash transfer had since taken effect, following the successful completion of the four-day training exercise of some local government officials for the Conditional Cash Transfer in April.
While lauding the commitment of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to the realisation of the programme, especially his insistence that all needed preparations be made to ensure residents of the state continue to benefit from the Federal Government’s initiative in large numbers, the Commissioner assured Lagosians that the state government will continue to monitor and regulate the development of the informal sector to alleviate poverty and create an enabling environment for SMEs and industrialists.
She also maintained that this administration is focused on attaining the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda goal of making Lagos State a 21st Century Economy.
Her words, “The Ministry would continue to explore a collaborative strategy to attract and encourage the Private Sector Participation, aggressively pursue skill acquisition as well as other developmental activities through the creation of an enabling environment, friendly policies and sustainable wealth.”