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Swiss Agency, ILO seek insights from EdoJobs

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With not less than 77,000 youths benefiting from the EdoJobs schemes in Edo State, Governor Godwin Obaseki’s job creation initiatives are gaining international traction, as the Swiss Government and the International Labour Organisation have called for insights into how the state government is engaging youths productively for economic growth.

Cross-section of applicants taking the aptitude test organised by the Edo State Traffic Management Agency (EDSTMA) for the 250 job openings in the traffic agency, on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at the Imaguero Hall, in Benin City. The applicants were polled from the EdoJobs portal.

This was contained in a letter addressed to Head, EdoJobs, Mrs. Ukinebo Dare, who is scheduled to share the success story of the initiatives developed by the governor, at an event tagged ‘Future of Work for African Youth,’ organised by the two bodies to hold in Geneva, Switzerland, on Thursday, February 7, 2019.

This comes on the heels of the state government’s intensified efforts to create not less than 200,000 jobs by 2020, as youths in the state are undergoing diverse trainings and retraining to enable them create jobs, become employable and compete favourably with their peers across the globe.

In the letter addressed to Mrs. Dare, who is also the Senior Special Assistant to Edo State Governor on Skills Development and Jobs Creation, organisers of the international conference said she will deliver a lecture alongside the Chief Executive Officer of Youth Employment Service (YES) on “Large Scale job creation in Nigeria and South Africa,” with focus on harnessing the potential of African youth.

Other speakers at the Future of Work for African Youth conference, will be drawn from the academia, private and public sectors across Africa.

In a chat with journalists in Benin City on the development, Mrs. Ukinebo Dare, said the event will present a unique opportunity to share the success story of Governor Obaseki’s job creation initiatives which have benefitted over 77,000 youths in the state.

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According to her, the state government will use the conference to make a statement on its commitment towards actualising its vision for job creation and skills development for youths, the premium on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as well as operations of various clusters for technology, agriculture and production.

The governor’s aide said she would also “share how the state is identifying opportunities for youths residing in rural areas and urban centres to gain entrepreneurial skills, and leverage on partnerships to achieve results.”

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