LASG part­ners UNDP on project

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - APPOINTMENTS - By Daniel Anazia

THE La­gos State Em­ploy­ment Trust Fund (LSETF) in part­ner­ship with United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme (UNDP) has an­nounced the call for ap­pli­ca­tions into its Em­ploy­a­bil­ity Sup­port Project (ESP).

Ac­cord­ing to the Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary of LSETF, Ak­in­tunde Oye­bode, the La­gos State Em­ploy­a­bil­ity Sup­port Project (LSESP) pro­vides short vo­ca­tional train­ing pro­grams im­ple­mented by LSETF to pro­vide youths in the state with in­dus­try rel­e­vant skills that could help them gain pos­si­ble em­ploy­ment and ad­vance in life.

He em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of the project in build­ing a skilled and ex­pe­ri­enced work­force for or­gan­i­sa­tions and busi­nesses in the state and also im­prov­ing the lives of the ci­ti­zens. He stated that the ap­pli­ca­tion is open to res­i­dents of the State be­tween ages 18 – 35 years.

“With fo­cused train­ing of ap­pli­cants and re­vamp of vo­ca­tional stud­ies in La­gos State, we are con­fi­dent that this ini­tia­tive will go a long way to ad­dress un­em­ploy­ment among youths in La­gos State. Th­ese train­ings will also ad­dress ca­pac­ity build­ing and job de­mands in both pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors,” he said.

Oye­bode also ex­plained that the Fund has the man­date to di­rectly in­vest N25­bil­lion in help­ing La­gos res­i­dents grow and scale their Mi­cro Small and Medium En­ter­prises (MSMES) or ac­quire skills to get bet­ter jobs.

“LSETF fo­cus is on pro­mot­ing en­trepreneur­ship by im­prov­ing ac­cess to fi­nance, strength­en­ing the in­sti­tu­tional ca­pac­ity of MSMES and for­mu­lat­ing poli­cies de­signed to im­prove the business en­vi­ron­ment in La­gos State.

“The Fund ex­pects to cre­ate 300,000 (Three Hun­dred Thou­sand) di­rect and 600,000 (Six Hun­dred Thou­sand) in­di­rect jobs within three years, by sup­port­ing at least 100,000 (One Hun­dred Thou­sand) MSMES,” Oye­bode stated..

Speak­ing on the ini­tia­tive, the Team Leader, In­clu­sive Growth Unit, UNDP, Robert Asogwa said, “this is a ma­jor step for de­vel­op­ment in La­gos and Africa by ex­ten­sion.

It is the most re­li­able means of erad­i­cat­ing un­em­ploy­ment in La­gos state, and the United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Project (UNDP) is proud to be a part­ner of great ini­tia­tive.”

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