The Lagos State Government has called on residents, especially youths, to prioritise skills acquisition as this is an empowerment strategy by the present administration to reduce unemployment in the state.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Oyinade Nathan-Marsh, made this call in a statement on Wednesday.
Nathan-Marsh, who was represented by the ministry’s Director of Tourism Promotion Department, Mrs Ada Oni, stated this during a three-day annual skills acquisition workshop organised by the Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture for over 100 participants in Alausa, Ikeja,
She said, “I want to urge residents, especially the youth, to embrace skills acquisition programmes for self-dependence through viable entrepreneurship.
“Unemployment rate in Nigeria is high and I want to enjoin affected residents not to depend too much on securing white-collar jobs but acquire a new set of skills and develop their creative abilities through the various skills acquisition programmes of the state government.”
The Chief Executive Officer, LSCAC, Mr Oladusi Komolafe, noted that the annual workshop is also geared towards the preservation of the state’s cultural heritage.
“In line with the statutory functions of LSCAC to promote, propagate and preserve the cultural heritage of the people of the state, it has become expedient to further develop the creative industry for a richer entertainment and tourism sector through the annual workshop.”