The Ogun State Head of Service, Mr. Kolawole Fagbohun has called on all stakeholders to pay critical attention to issue of unemployment in the society by channeling all their creativities into the provision of employment opportunities for the citizens.
Mr. Fagbohun stated this when the Local Organising Committee of the Ogun State Employment Conference led by its Chairman, who doubles as the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Olu. Ola. Aikulola, paid him a visit in his office at Oke Mosan.
The Head of Service said the private sector must collaborate with the state government to ensure that all the skillful graduates are accommodated, otherwise the crime rate would continue to be high.
He dded that the administration of Prince Dapo Abiodun on assumption of office established a job portal to provide job opportunities for unemployed youths in the State.
The HOS solicited the establishment of Finishing/Polishing Schools for specific skills for the graduates after the workshop, as this would enable them to be more vast and marketable to the private sectors, considering the fact that the Civil/Public Service is saturated already.
“After the workshop, create a Finishing/ Polishing Schools for specific skills for these graduates as these would prepare them well for tasks ahead”, the HoS said.
The Leader of the team, Dr. Aikulola said Ogun State, as the industrial hub of the nation needs to address the anomalies in the area of unemployment hence, the need to horn the skill of the youths to make them employable, and added that the Ogun State Employment Conference is meant to provide solution to such.
He said the Conference will be executed through counterpart funding between the state government and the German Development Agency, GIZ, would run for two days and would include pragmatic approach to solving unemployment related problems with major stakeholders in attendance to dissect issues that would move Ogun State forward by identifying what is being done wrongly and what needs to be done rightly.
The representative of GIZ in the State , Mr. Stephen Dada in his submission said his agency has always been partnering with the State government in development programmes and ready to do same in this conference to ensure that the rate of unemployment is reduced and assured of individual prosperity.