On Tuesday October 17, 2017, the entrepreneurship and employability initiative of the Lagos State Government – ReadySetWork 2.0 officially closed for the year 2017 with a grand and well attended graduation ceremony at Landmark Event Centre.
The hall, filled to capacity had in attendance top government functionaries as well as heads of various Tertiary Institutions in Lagos State. Also present were representatives of partner organizations like PwC, FCMB, SystemSpecs, Leadway Assurance to mention just a few and of course the primary beneficiaries of the training, the Students who were all well dressed for the much anticipated ceremony.
The ambience was spot on, lights and sound set the tone for the memorable event which kicked off with a welcome address brilliantly delivered by one of the RSW Graduands, Akintunde Akindamola. In his address, Akintunde expressed appreciation to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for the initiative, while confirming that the programme has transformed his life as well as his colleagues who have been given a competitive edge over other graduates who didn’t partake in the training in the labour market.
During the ceremony the Akinwunmi Ambode led government reaffirmed its commitment to continually empower Lagos youths with opportunities to help acquire and make efficient use of their technical & intellectual skills. Governor Ambode, represented by His Deputy, Dr. Idiat Adebule said: “We will continue to foster initiatives the will provide platforms for our youths to acquire real time work experience that will enable them hit the ground running after graduation.”
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh in his opening remarks expressed his optimism in the ability of Nigerian students to meet and surpass standards. In his words, “if you raise the standards for Nigeria students, they will rise up to it.” Talking about the impact of ReadySetWork on the society, Mr. Bank-Olemoh said “Nigeria has the capacity, the people and the intellect to transform the country. We are very confident that to drive the Lagos State economy from the fifth largest economy to the third largest economy in Africa, we need to improve the quality of our graduates and RSW is key to that.”
The event ran smoothly with the viewing of videos that show the various component of the preogramme. Various individuals also graced the stage to talk about their RSW experience. The Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University, Prof. Fagbohun in his address said that ReadySetWork had given institutions in Lagos State the opportunity “to pursue the ideal of preparing graduates with market aligned knowledge, soft skills and mindset reorientation.” Mr. Joy Akinlolu, a volunteer facilitator, who usually travelled in from Ibadan for ReadySetWork admonished the Students to put to good use all they have been thought.
The climax of the day’s event was the announcement of the RSW Business Pitch Competition winners. Out of the 23 companies who competed in the pitching contest, GoRecycleIt got the grand prize of N2.1 million s 1st place winners. Other winners included Waste to wealth at 2nd place, TSK Group at 3rd place, while COIF and JuiceOut got 4th and 5th position respectively. They all got seed funding and monthly allowance for 6 months.
Facilitators, mentors and the RSW Faculty who made RSW 2.0 a success were also appreciated & honoured by the Deputy Gov. Dr. Idiat Adebule.
No doubt, ReadySetWork is changing the landscape of the labour market, the impact will be felt even more in coming years.
For now, we wish all RSW 2017 set graduands the best.
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