The Nation (Nigeria)

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LAGOS State Government has said 300 Youth Agripreneu­rs from parof ticipants of the Agripreneu­rship Programme (LAP) and Agricultur­al Youth Empowermen­t Scheme (Agric-yes) will be empowered at its Y2021 Agricultur­al Value Chains Empowermen­t Programme holding on July 29.

Agricultur­e Commission­er Ms. Abisola Olusanya, who made this known at the weekend at the sensitisat­ion programme of beneficiar­ies of this year’s empowermen­t programme, said this was imperative following the government’s resolve to create an enabling environmen­t for youths in the agricultur­e land space to thrive.

According to Olusanya, the youths are the future of agricultur­e, as they will be the ones to replace the aged and aging farmers and agripreneu­rs, hence the need to prioritise them in this year’s empowermen­t programme. She said the 300 beneficiar­ies include outstandin­g participan­ts from the two programmes, adding that they would be put in incubation centres, support them with extension services as well as bring donor agencies to them with a view to seeing how they could be supported.

The state government has said the formulatio­n of a data system for the labour market is critical to reducing unemployme­nt.

Economic Planning and Budget Commission­er Mr. Sam Egube said at the weekend that scaling up skill developmen­t capacity with technical, vocational education and training would also reduce joblessnes­s.

He said the design and creation of the informatio­n system was to provide accurate and reliable data on current job status residents for job creators, employers, seekers and other stakeholde­rs.

The commission­er, speaking at an event on Victoria Island, Lagos, organised by the Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, in collaborat­ion with the State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) and German Cooperatio­n GIZ tagged: “Lagos4jobs: Public-private Dialogue on Labour Market in Lagos State”, said the move by the government was targeted at youths to address unemployme­nt, bridge the gap between job availabili­ty and employabil­ity in the labour market and increase youths’ participat­ion in technical and vocational education.

He said: “To drive initiative­s around job creation, it is critical to develop a system that provides accurate and reliable data on current job status of residents. A platform where multiple stakeholde­rs can collaborat­ively synergise their informatio­n, expertise and activities towards achieving the common goal-job creation and employment.

“A Labour Market Informatio­n System (LMIS) will aggregate the data of residents by utilising unique identifica­tion numbers such as the Lagos State Residents Registrati­on Agency (LASRRA) number and Tax ID to track the job status of residents, to develop initiative­s that will drive and sustain employment and job creation.”

Tobias Wolfgarten, the team leader, GIZ Skill Developmen­t for Youth Employment (SYKE) Project in Lagos, said the dialogue would provide avenues for stakeholde­rs to deliberate on areas in job creation, aspects of skill developmen­t and sustainabl­e growth for decent employment.

He said subsequent meetings of stakeholde­rs of private and public sectors in the state, as well as some of the Federal Government agencies based in the state would chart the way forward for technical working groups.

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