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LASG urges graduates to combat unemployment with ICT knowledge

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Lagos State Government on Monday advised unemployed graduates across the State to leverage on the viability of the Information Communication Technology sector to break new grounds in their quest for financial freedom, job security and in the face of the increasingly competitive work environment.

The Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Pharmacist (Mrs.) Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf gave the advice at the Closing/Graduation ceremony of the Oracle Workforce Development Programme for some newly trained unemployed youths at Alausa, Ikeja.

According to the Commissioner, acquiring skills on the latest technologies would help young graduates or entrepreneurs become better collaborators, communicators, critical thinkers, problem solvers and citizens of a global economy.

She maintained that more than 50 percent of present day jobs require some degree of technical skills, therefore graduates who are desirous of remaining relevant in their chosen fields must also embrace the opportunity of Information Communication Technology, ICT.

The Commissioner expressed optimism that over 90 percent of the trainees would secure employment before the end of the year.

She reminded them of the huge financial commitment of the government throughout the training period, saying that “the State Government has spent so much to make you employable in this line and so, you must reciprocate the good gesture by giving back to the society.”

Akinbile-Yusuf urged the trainees to continue to advance their knowledge in ICT until they become experts in their own rights and employers of labour who can assist the government in reducing the unemployment rate in the State to the barest minimum.

In his keynote address the Country Managing Director, Oracle Nigeria Mr. Adebayo Sanni informed participants that the training of the graduates on Cloud skills will prepare them for the workforce of today and the future.

He said anticipating and preparing for future skill requirements has become critical for anyone who wants to seize new opportunities and new markets.

Sanni stated that the key drivers of change for positive business growth in the digital age include the four specific technological advances namely, High Speed Mobile Internet, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Cloud Technology. He charged the graduates to utilise the knowledge acquired to create wealth and transform the world.

The Head of Employment Department in the Ministry, Mrs. Iyabode Seriki-Bello explained that the 50 trainees passed through three weeks intensive training in Oracle Workforce Development Programme.

She said that the initiative for the training was developed as a way of addressing unemployment issues in specific skill areas among graduates.