The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment, Mrs. Ganiat Raji has advised young entrepreneurs and unemployed youth to be inspired by the success stories of some household names in the business world who started their businesses with very little amount but were able to attain their present position through dedication and positive attitudes.
Raji gave the advice while speaking at the opening ceremony of the Job Fair for Unemployed Youths who had completed the 4-day Mindset Reorientation and employability training programme organized by the Ministry in partnership with 1st CRT Group.
She advised the participants to draw inspiration from the stories of the popular ‘Moinmoin’ seller (Madam Left-Over) who catered in the White House for Mitchell and Barak Obama; Adisa and Akanke of Automedics Limited; Mr. Oluwatosin Oyin-Jolayemi of Daily Need Group and CEO of 1st CRT as well as other notable business persons across various disciplines and vocations.
She said that the training was tailored towards exhuming the growth mindset disposition in the job seekers as against a fixed-mindset which had hitherto posed a great threat to gainful employment.
According to her, “It is now obvious to you that academic qualifications would place you on a pedestal, prepare your ability to think critically to enhance your problem-solving skills, ability to add value to an organization and networking”.
Raji maintained that going further to acquire technical or vocational skills apart from the university degree would stand the job seekers out among their peers in getting a sustainable livelihood, be it through paid employment or self-employment.
The Permanent Secretary described the opportunity provided by the Job Fair to fast-track interactions between unemployed persons with private firm employers as a rare privilege, stressing that the various firms at the Fair who had earlier shared some of their expectations with the participants should serve as leverage for them to eventually get the job.
She said the training has enlightened the graduates on identifying their skills gap, understand what employers look for in hiring workers, the needed skills to effectively search and secure employment, survive in the workplace and above all, better their lot in terms of behavioural modification, leadership, and employability.
The Director of Employment in the Ministry, Mrs. Iyabo Seriki-Bello explained that the state government has resolved to address the issue of unemployment rate in the State with a renewed determination.
She added the employability training and Job Fair was one of the ways the state government intends to empower job seekers in addition to the periodic Graduate Internship Programme.
The CEO of Employment Clinic, Ronke Kosoko said that participants at the Fair have between 70 to 80 per cent retention rate with any organisation which some of the participants would be attached to and expressed confidence in the capability of the participants.
One of the participants at the event and a Mass Communication graduate of Lagos State University, LASU, Muse Zhulfah stated that the training opportunity has further widened her horizon and exposure, saying that she has resolved to start her personal business instead of searching for jobs.
She called on the government to make the employment training a continuous programme so that more graduates would benefit from it and would be able to make informed decisions about their future.