The Lagos State Government has introduced an entrepreneurship scheme called “Ready-Set-Work (RSW)” to prepare undergraduates to fit into the labour market.
RSW was designed for final year students of tertiary institutions in the state.
Mr Obafela Bank-Olemoh, the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Education, on Monday advised students to take advantage of the initiative to prepare for life after school.
He gave the advice while sensitising final year students of the Lagos State University (LASU) to RSW.
According to him, the initiative provides intensive training that will make students employable after graduation.
“It is not how many opportunities you have that matters, but what you do with the opportunities.
“Nigerian graduates are often rated as unemployable because they are seen to be poor in creativity, emotional intelligence and time management.
“We want our graduates to be among the world’s best, and it will be achieved through the RSW initiative,’’ the governor’s aide said.
He said that 2,000 students of higher institutions would benefit from the pilot project of the initiative.
The official said that the participants would be drawn from the University of Lagos, LASU, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos State Polytechnic, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education and Michael Otedola College of Education.
Bak-Olemoh said that the participants would be shortlisted on merit.
According to him, students, who still have one year to complete their studies, would register for a year online course under the RSW.
The special adviser said that this year’s training would be on entrepreneurship and employability.
Prof. Olarenwaju Fagbohun, Vice Chancellor of LASU, said that the RSW was needed to change the narrative of Nigeria’s education standards.
Fagbohun also said that the initiative was needed to change the country and that students should understand the concept in order to attain excellence.
The vice chancellor hailed the state government for the initiative and advised students to take advantage of the initiative to prepare for the future.