By EmmanuelÂ Elebeke
In line with its policy of empowering youths as a way of curbing the high level of youth unemployment rate in the country,Â the Lagos state government through its ministry of science and technology has turned out a new set of 1,200 youths under its youthsÂ skill acquisition programme.
The graduands drawn from various parts of the state including undergraduates were trainedÂ onÂ computer skills and competencies for self actualization and financial independence.
The event which was attended by the state governor, Mrs. Abimbola Fashola and the deputy governor, Mrs.. Serah Sosan also attracted eminent personalities from various ministries and parastatals of the government, and those who have contributed in various ways in Governor Fashola administrationâ€™s efforts on massive job creation and poverty alleviation in the state, particularly through the use ofÂ information and communication technology.
The graduands were presented with certificate of graduation in computer training, necessary working tools, devices and take-off grants for the various skills acquired, having trained in private computer assemblage, maintenance and repair, software installation as well as web design, hoisting and maintenance. And having successfully completed the two months programme, the graduands were expected to join other self-employed youths that graduated from the state governmentâ€™sÂ skills acquisition centres since 2005.
In his keynote address, the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, who was represented by his wife, Abimbola Fashola said the occasionÂ called for celebration because the programme demonstratedÂ the commitment of the administration towards job creation and poverty alleviation among Lagosian.
â€œInformation communication technology has changed our world. And the basic tool of change in this technology is an efficient andÂ functional computer system. This is why ICT has continued to provide employment opportunities for thousands of people particularly the young people.
â€œWe recognize the important role of ICT in economic transformation and therefore decided to extend it to the grassroots.â€ he stated.
He commended the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Dr. Kadri Hamssat for his vision and the resourcefulness of the ministry in facilitating the programme. â€œYour determination and commitment to translate our vision of creating employment through different projects has produced this marvellous result today,â€ he said.
In addition to this, the governor used the occasion to disclose that the administration had created over 156,000 new jobs in the public service and other sectors since January this year.
Some of the graduands who shared their joy and feelings shortly after the event, expressed gratitude to the state government for the gesture and promised to put the knowledge into positive use, saying that the training apart from exposing them to some computers competencies,Â had also provided them automatic job, especially the undergraduates among them, who may be faced with the harsh realities of labour market after their university education.