Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has said the state is willing to partner wth Africa and Nigeria’s richest man’s foundation, the Aliko Dangote Foundation and Germany-based company, VDMA, in order to create job opportunities for youths of and in the State.
Mr Sanwo-Olu said this on Wednesday at the inauguration of the Aliko Dangote Foundation-VDMA technical training programme in Victoria Island, stating that there is still room for so much more to be done in order to conquer unemployment, especially in youths, across the country.
Stating that his State would collaborate with Aliko Dangote Foundation to replicate the Aliko Dangote Foundation-VDMA centre in the state, Sanwo-Olu said, “This initiative is a welcome addition to the capacity-building landscape. It is coming at a period that requires urgent and ambitious solutions to the lingering national problems of unemployment. We are all witnesses to the high rate of unemployment in Nigeria, especially youth unemployment. While governments at the federal and state levels are doing a lot to tackle the scourge of unemployment, there is still room for much more to be done. “This most laudable initiative aligns with our administration’s commitment to youth empowerment through vocational training and support”.
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Speaking at the event, the Chairman of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, said vocational and technical skills were vital to the well-being of any economy, as key levers for growth, specifically in the manufacturing sector. “As a private sector entity, the programme is a crucial step in a larger vision of collaboration between Nigeria and Germany that we expect will lead to the exchange of knowledge, technology, and industrial capabilities. We also hope that this could lead to the deepening of the commercial relationship between our two countries”, he said.
The Aliko Dangote Foundation-VDMA programme is said to be aimed at empowering young Nigerian youths with technical skills in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, with 120 trainees at the Dangote Academy in Obajana, Kogi State.
… and Mechanical Engineering with 120 trainees already benefiting at the Dangote Academy.
The initiative aligns with our commitment to youth empowerment through vocational training as it is a focus of our ongoing Graduate Internship Placement Programme. pic.twitter.com/hPaAiKUo22
— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) June 2, 2021