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.