Lagos State Government Approves N15.5 Million For Varsity Entrepreneurs

Lagos State Government Approves N15.5 Million For Varsity Entrepreneurs


Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has approved the sum of N15.5million as seed funding and grants for final year students enrolled in the Ready.Set.Work (RSW) program.

Ready.Set.Work is an entrepreneurship and employability training program for final year students of tertiary institutions in Lagos State, aimed at preparing them for economic productivity as value-creating employees or employers of labour.

Commencing in June 2016, five hundred (500) promising final year students from Lagos State University (LASU), Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), and Lagos State College of Health Technology (LASCOHET) have been enrolled in a rigorous curriculum either in the employability track or the entrepreneurship track.

At the end of the program, over 90 top performing students in the employability track will be placed in 6-month internship positions with organizations like PwC, SystemSpecs, FCMB, GTBank, Access Bank, TOTAL, Jobberman, Stutern, among others.

With Governor Ambode’s recent financial commitment to the Ready.Set.Work program, up to 80 students in the entrepreneurship track will likewise have the opportunity to partake in three to six-month entrepreneur apprenticeships where they can learn the tricks of the trade, understand and develop processes for various business functions, and build a network of vendors, industry peers, and mentors.

Speaking on the development, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh said that the focus of the initiative from the onset was to provide students in Lagos State with the tools, knowledge, and know-how to become effective employees or job creators.

“We already secured 90 internship slots for students in the employability track of the program and we realized that students in the entrepreneurship track could also benefit from experience in a structured, supervised work setting, where they can learn the rudiments of running a business effectively,” he said.

He said the N15.5m committed by Governor Ambode’s administration would also provide seed funding and working capital for the top three teams to emerge from the RSW Business Pitch Competition, which will hold on September 3rd.

This announcement comes as the 13-week program enters its penultimate week, while a Graduation Ceremony has been scheduled for September to close out the program and celebrate the achievements of students who successfully complete their courses.

Lagos Bans Parties, Social Functions In Public Schools

Lagos Bans Parties, Social Functions In Public Schools

…Earmarks 324, 000 E-Tablets For Distribution To Students

…Reads Riot Act To Private School Owners

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said it would no longer allow social functions and parties in public schools just as owners of private schools across the state have been warned to comply with rules and regulations guiding their operations.

The Deputy Governor of the State, Dr. Mrs Idiat Oluranti Adebule who disclosed this while briefing the media on the strategic focus of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration on education for 2016, said the Governor had directed that schools should no longer be used for social functions.

She said: “The Governor has directed that schools will no longer be used for social activities any longer. We want to implore members of the public to report any school that violates this directive and we would ensure that defaulting schools are sanctioned accordingly.”

Adebule, who also oversees the Ministry of Education, said the state government was putting a searchlight on the standard of education in the private schools, saying it will no longer be business as usual for such schools that undermine best practices.

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She said as a first step, the government will engage with private school owners and proprietors to intimate them on the action plan of the present administration towards improving the standard of education, saying that though government is willing to partner with private schools, they must also be willing to adhere strictly to the acceptable standard.

“Much as private schools are partners in the sector, we would not fold our hands and watch the standard flopped. Some schools even operate without registering with the government. We want to urge such schools to do the right thing or government will have no choice but to do what it has to do,” she said.

Earlier, Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, while giving a detailed presentation on the policy thrust of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration for the education sector, said the state government intends to construct the biggest digital library.

He said the government was already at the planning stage of the library, while the actual establishment of the project would commence in the next quarter of the year.

He said the state government will build 10 new model schools with state of the art facilities, while two new technical colleges will be built in the course of the year in areas where such facilities are urgently needed.

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On the Ibile Tablets, Bank Olemoh said 324,000 tablets to Senior Secondary School students, adding that plans have been concluded to register all students in both public and private schools in the state under the Lagos State Student Personal Administration Number (LASPIN) project to aid proper planning.

On the free meal in schools project, he said the state government is currently perfecting its framework for the eventual take off, saying that the project is expected to on the one hand, enhance the learning capacity of the pupils and on the other, boost the economy of the state.

Lagos Sensitizes 5000 Varsity Students On Sexual Assault Prevention

Lagos Sensitizes 5000 Varsity Students On Sexual Assault Prevention

In line with the mandate of Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, to embark on various sensitization and enlightenment campaigns, the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) at the weekend engaged over 5000 students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) on Sexual Assault Prevention.

According to the Coordinator of the DSVRT, Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, the Sexual Assault Prevention Drive for Higher Institutions organised in partnership with the Pastor Bimbo Odukoya Foundation was aimed at addressing issues of sexual harassment, date rape, safety on campus, the role of a bystander and prevention.

The first Drive, she said, kicked off on Wednesday, January 13 which coincided with the orientation session for new students.

“UNILAG Students were given tips of how to avoid being victims of sexual assault. They were also informed of how to stay safe in social settings, some of which include making a plan B for emergency exits from a place, protecting their drinks, avoiding clubs or parties that charge men but let women enter and drink for free”, Mrs. Vivour-Adeniyi said.

She said that students were also informed and educated on the legal implications of committing sexual assault offences, and they were surprised to hear that these crimes carry up to life imprisonment.

“Conversely, students were informed of their roles as bystanders, in intervening and assisting to prevent sexual assault. They were taught to CARE- Create a distraction, Ask directly, refer the matter to an authority and enlist others and for their fellow students.

“Students were also given tips on how to date smart, some of which include setting limits and being clear on them, being mindful of behaviours of their partners some of which include degrading mannerisms, extreme jokes or language, violent tendencies, and controlling or overbearing tendencies”.

She said most importantly, the males were charged to refrain from rape, thereby changing the narrative and shifting the responsibility on the male folk who statistics reveal are the perpetrators of these crimes.

The DSVRT Coordinator added that a Manual on Sexual Assault prevention which encapsulates all the issues raised at the interaction was prepared by her team and distributed to all the approximately 5,000 students present.

“The Guidance and Counselling Department of the University of Lagos assured the Team of their commitment to continue to partner with DSVRT in addressing these issues”, she said.

Lagos Scholarship Board to Hold Bursary Interview for Students

Lagos Scholarship Board to Hold Bursary Interview for Students

As part of efforts to reduce parent’s financial burden, the Lagos State Government through the State’s Scholarship Board has concluded plans to organize the 2015/2016 session bursary interviews for students of Lagos State indigene in tertiary institutions across the country who have obtained the application forms.

A statement signed by the Director, Lagos State Scholarship Board, Mrs Omauton Yetunde Jegede, said Governor Akinwunmi Ambode approved that the Bursary interviews hold in specific zones across the country and also at the five Divisions of the State.

In Kaduna State, the interview is expected to hold on October 5th and 6th 2015 at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

In Rivers State; the interview will hold on October 6th and 7th 2015 at University of Port-Harcourt, Choba, Rivers State.

The interview will also hold in Kwara State at the University of Ilorin from October 12th to 13th. Similarly, the interview will hold in Abuja from 17th to 18th of November at Nigerian Law School, Abuja as well as in Akure, Ondo State at the Federal University of Technology, Akure on 1st and 2nd of December.

For the Lagos Zone, Mrs Jegede said that the interviews will hold at St. Georges’ Primary School, Falomo, Lagos Island (for Lagos Division) and Michael Otedola College of Primary Education, Noforija, Epe (for Epe Division) on 14th and 15th October, 2015.

The interview for Badagry Division will hold on 20th and 21st October at Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijanikin, while that of Ikeja and Ikorodu divisions will hold on 26th and 27th October, 2015 at Government College, Agege beside NYSC Orientation Camp, Agege (for Ikeja Division) and Oriwu College, Ikorodu (for Ikorodu Division).

Mrs. Jegede further enjoined all applicants to attend the interview in zones closer to them adding that any applicant who wishes to attend the interview in Lagos Zone should go to their respective divisions for the exercise. She also implored concerned applicants to visit the Board’s website; www.lagoscholarship.org for more details.

The Lagos State Government annually conducts the bursary interviews to determine the indigeneship claim of applicants who must be full time students in various tertiary institutions before awards are given.

The bursary award ranges between N20, 000, N30, 000 and N50, 000 depending on the course of study.

Distribution of Life Jackets to Students, Boat Operators in Amuwo Odofin LG by Lagos Government

Distribution of Life Jackets to Students, Boat Operators in Amuwo Odofin LG by Lagos Government

 Director, Transport Operations, LASWA, Mr. Adebola Matanmi watches as the Managing Director, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mrs. Abisola Kamson wears a life jacket for a pupil during the distribution of Life Jackets to students and Boat Operators as part of Campaign of Water Transport Safety Awareness Programme by the Lagos State Government at Sabokoji Community, Amuwo Odofin LG on Wednesday, September 23, 2015.
L-R: Director, Transport Operations, LASWA, Mr. Adebola Matanmi watches as the Managing Director, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mrs. Abisola Kamson wears a life jacket for a pupil during the distribution of Life Jackets to students and Boat Operators as part of Campaign of Water Transport Safety Awareness Programme by the Lagos State Government at Sabokoji Community, Amuwo Odofin LG on Wednesday, September 23, 2015.
Managing Director, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mrs. Abisola Kamson, the Executive Secretary, Amuwo Odofin Local Government, deaconess Modupe-Ajibola-Ojodu, Chairman, Association of Tourists & Boat Operators of Nigeria, Amuwo Odofin Bishop Koji Zone, Mr. Joseph Zosu during the distribution of Life Jackets to students and Boat Operators as part of Campaign of Water Transport Safety Awareness Programme by the Lagos State Government at Sabokoji Community, Amuwo Odofin LG on Wednesday, September 23, 2015.
L-R: Managing Director, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mrs. Abisola Kamson, the Executive Secretary, Amuwo Odofin Local Government, deaconess Modupe-Ajibola-Ojodu, Chairman, Association of Tourists & Boat Operators of Nigeria, Amuwo Odofin Bishop Koji Zone, Mr. Joseph Zosu during the distribution of Life Jackets to students and Boat Operators as part of Campaign of Water Transport Safety Awareness Programme by the Lagos State Government at Sabokoji Community, Amuwo Odofin LG on Wednesday, September 23, 2015.
An instructor demonstrating to students and pupils how to revive drown victim during the distribution of Life Jackets to students and Boat Operators as part of Campaign of Water Transport Safety Awareness Programme by the Lagos State Government at Sabokoji Community, Amuwo Odofin LG on Wednesday, September 23, 2015.
An instructor demonstrating to students and pupils how to revive drown victim during the distribution of Life Jackets to students and Boat Operators as part of Campaign of Water Transport Safety Awareness Programme by the Lagos State Government at Sabokoji Community, Amuwo Odofin LG on Wednesday, September 23, 2015.