Monday, 23 September 2013

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Fashola Advocates Change in Mental Mindset for National Growth

- Culled from Dailytimes Nigeria
For the fourth year running, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Saturday kept a date with youths by attending the graduation of trainees under the Lagos State and After School  Graduation Development Centre (AGDC)  IGNITE Employability Project, urging Nigerians to embrace the mental mindset that solutions to the nation’s problems lie locally and not abroad.

Addressing several hundreds youths, including graduating participants of the Scheme in Streams V, VI, VII and VIII, at the New Haven Events Centre, G.R.A Ikeja, the Governor reiterated that the opportunity for growth is better here than any part of the globe that he knows today explaining, however, that the growth will not lead to jobs if people do not begin to do things for themselves.

Noting that a major solution to the problem of youth unemployment and allied economic problem can be found in truly Made in Nigeria products, Governor Fashola charged the youths to rise up and take the opportunities that many foreigners like South Africans, Ghanaians are seeing and moving into the Nigerian economy to take up since the resources are that of Nigerians.

To spread the virtues of employability training, Governor Fashola tasked beneficiaries to always look back and share what they have learnt with others and reach out to as many people as possible stating that it is only through that means that many more could benefit without necessarily undertaking the IGNITE training. Continue...

He said with the presentation of the scorecard of the last four years, he is inspired to continue to work because he sees a future of promise explaining that the issue of the number of people who are unemployed does not frighten him but encourages him because once the figure is diagnosed, the problem of unemployment can be dimensioned and tackled with pragmatic strategies like the Employability Project.

On the teachers’ conversion scheme, the Governor said the emphasis should not be about how many people have benefitted yet but about the prospects for the future and noticeable improvement in the educational sector already.

“It is not about how many people have benefitted from our teachers’ conversion scheme but the prospect it holds for the future that we see and imagine. Our performance in public examinations in terms of students who scored five credits at one sitting have moved from 7percent to 11percent, 18percent, 21percent, dropped to 19 percent, moved up to 39percent and now at 41 percent," he added.

“I have done a study about the cultural side of Lagos party life. The money moving in that economy is enormous. We did a study between October and November last year from Thursday to Saturday night through Sunday morning every week for four weeks and involved 1,555 parties with a sum of N1.2 billion. The total picture in the state is about N3 billion every month and people are partying heavily in that sector,” he stated.

According to the Governor, the problem of education currently is that of quality of the education as distinct from what used to be the situation many years back when many could not even read and write in any language noting that the literacy level in Lagos is about 84 percent

On healthcare delivery, the Governor said the state regularly conduct medical missions to provide free healthcare to the citizenry and that the next stop is Badagry where people will get free medical healthcare in the next few weeks.

The Managing Director of Lagos State Waste Management Authority, Mr. Ola Oresanya commended the passion with which the state Governor has been pursuing the AGDC programme, explaining that LAWMA has had a fruitful partnership with the body and has produced Street Captains under the Street Captain Youth Empowerment Programme.

The Executive Director of the Programme, Mrs Detoun Ogoh in her welcome address said looking back since the commencement of the Programme; the labours of the organizers have not been in vain considering the gains made.

The event was witnessed by dignitaries from diverse sectors including some members of the state Executive Council like the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Lateef Ibirogba, Special Adviser for Commerce and Industry, Mr. Seye Oladejo, Special Adviser on Public Health, Dr (Mrs) Yewande Adeshina, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and industry, Mr Wale Raji and former Vice-Chairman of the National Communications Commission, Chief Ernest Ndukwe and participants in the After School  Graduation Development Programme.

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