By Olasunkanmi Akoni, Ikenna Asomba & Monsur Olowoopejo
Lagos—Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State yesterday said that a programme to enable fresh graduates become job creators, rather than job seekers, had been instituted in the state. Ambode made the disclosure at the award of Post Graduate Diplomas, Masters and Ph.D. to 2,497 students of the Lagos State University (LASU).
He said that the capacity building initiative, tagged “Ready, Set, Work” was targeted at final year students in the state’s tertiary institutions. “This programme will enable successful students get internship placements in high ranking corporate organisations.
“At the end of the programme, those with best business ideas will get linked to major investors and the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund.
“I therefore enjoin all our final year students to avail themselves of this opportunity,” he said. Ambode, who sued for continued peace in the institution, said government’s vision for the school was to groom the next generation of leaders who would be job creators and employers of Labour.
He promised that LASU would be made a preferred destination for research and human capacity Development in Nigeria.
“I am glad that the repositioning of LASU, a conscious initiative of our administration and driven by the present council and management, is making a positive impact. “The University has begun to reap benefits of efforts in this regard with its recent ranking as the best state University in Nigeria and 11th overall best among scores of public universities in the country,” Ambode said.
He congratulated graduands, saying they had been found worthy with respect to learning and character for the award of the various degrees. Ambode also inaugurated the Faculty of Science, Law, Vice Chancellor’s building and LASU radio. Retired Justice Adesola Oguntade was also installed as the fourth Chancellor of the institution.
In his acceptance speech, Justice Oguntade while thanking Governor Ambode for the opportunity given to him to serve the State, urged staff and students of the institution to allow peace to thrive, saying development can only thrive in a peaceful atmosphere.
Also, Pro Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, Professor Adebayo Ninalowo and Vice Chancellor, Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun commended the Governor for his passion for the development of the institution, especially for the infrastructural development both completed and ongoing at the institutions.