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LASG SET TO EMPOWER GRADUATES WITH TECHNOLOGY SKILLS

The
Lagos State Government is set to empower graduates with cutting-edge
technology skills that will give them a better advantage with employers
of labour through the Oracle Development Training Program.

Speaking
at a stakeholders meeting on Monday in Ikeja, the State Commissioner
for Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment, Pharmacist
Akinbile-Yussuf stated that more than 100 graduates had applied for the
programme but 50 were picked for the pilot scheme that will commence in
the first week of November, 2018.

She
added that the selected candidates will be going through three-week
intensive and rigorous training on Oracle workforce development
programme which is part of the curriculum from Oracle University that
provides industry-certified training for graduates.

While
noting that the target of the Ministry is to ensure that 95 per cent of
the participants were gainfully employed by different organisations
after the successful completion of the training, the Commissioner
declared that some beneficiaries of previous employability
skill-training programmes organised by the Ministry have been employed.

Akinbile-Yussuf,
therefore, called on the private sector to send whatever their skill
requirements for graduates are, saying the Ministry is ready to partner
and tailor her employability training programmes to meet the needs sent
in by the different organisations.

The
strategic initiatives Manager of Oracle in Sub Saharan Africa, Mr.
Adepegba Oduntan informed the gathering that the training was borne out
of the desire to equip graduates with the right employability skills
currently needed in the labour market.

He
said his organisation is set to train graduates in line with the needs
of employers, stressing that “This training will fill the skills deficit
gap in Nigeria. We are training the graduates on the Oracle Database
cloud up to certification level. In addition, the training will make the
participants more valuable to employers of labour”.

On
her part, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs. Ganiat Abidemi
Raji implored the participants to maximise the opportunity inherent in
the training programme in order to secure a bright future for themselves
in the technology industry.

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