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…SAE Advises Participants to Grab the Opportunity

The 2017 Ready Set Work Project, an Entrepreneurship and Employability Initiative for Final Year students across the Six Tertiary Institutions in Lagos State kicked off on Saturday, 1st July, 2017 at the Lagos State University, Main Auditorium, Ojo, Lagos.

The heavy downpour of the weekend did not deter the participants who started showing up at the venue as early as 7:30a.m., ahead of the 8:30a.m kick off time.

In his messages, the Governor, Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, urged well-meaning Nigerians, Corporate Bodies and Multinationals to partner with the State Government in raising Students and Youths who will transform the State and the Country. “The future of the State and the Country lies in the hands of the youth who constitute a significant portion of the population. We are strongly committed to capacity building, Entrepreneurship Empowerment, and sustainable youth development for which the Ready Set Work Initiative was conceived. Once again, we invite Public and Private sector participants including Non-Governmental organisations, International agencies, and well-meaning Lagosians to partner with the Government in raising students and youths who will transform the State”.

At the opening session, the Special Adviser on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh in his remarks urged the participants to take the intensive training serious. He asked them to give it all the attention and seriousness it requires.

“Whatever opportunity you are given, kill yourself there. Do it like you will die there. Whatever you do, be in control of your life. Decide what you want to achieve at the end of this programme. Set goals for yourselves. It is your attitude that will take you far in life. If you want to go far in life, you must develop an attitude that whatever opportunities you are given, you have no excuse, but, to finish yourself there”.

Mr. Bank-Olemoh ended by sharing his life experience of how he quit a fantastic job to start his own business, the teething challenges, how he overcame them and the success story with the participants.

After the short talk, the participants were distributed into classes at 3-in-1, School of Communication, School of Transport and 2-in-1 Julius Berger Hall. Facilitators took them on self-introduction as well as the re-orientation of the undergraduates. This 2.0 Edition is for Thirteen (13) Saturdays. The participants will all go through drills on employability and entrepreneurial skills.

A final year medical student, LASUCOM, Yetunde stated this about the Lagos State Ministry of Education initiative “I don’t want to leave school with my head blank. With RSW, I will be good. The classes have been fantastic. This programme is not for Lagosians only and I must thank Governor Ambode for that. I am not a Lagosian, but, I am benefitting from this and that tells me the Governor is liberal. A big ’’Thank you’’ to him”.

Adeyinka, a final year Chemical Engineering student, UNILAG says “I can’t do 13 weeks of this RSW and not get jobs. I must get a job. My hustle must pay…..Recession no good for body…. My expectations have been met. I thank Governor Ambode for this vision. If this continues, his administration will be the best ever”.

Six Tertiary Institutions in Lagos State, namely, Lagos State University (LASU), University of Lagos (UNILAG), Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Micheal Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCOPED) and Lagos State College of Health Technology (LASCOHET) are all taking part. Three centres: LASU, UNILAG & LASPOTECH are venues for the training. Two Thousand (2,000) final year students are taking part, while Ten thousand (10,000) penultimate students will take part in the online academy.

The Registrar, LASU, Mr. Lewis Akinwunmi Oladapo, Deans, Faculty of Management Sciences, Prof. Banji Fajonyomi; the Director, UMC, Dr. (Mrs.) Bosede Amoo; Dr. M.O. B. Muhammed, the Acting Head, CIPPR, Mr. Ademola Adekoya were in attendance.