Government of Lagos State in southwest Nigeria has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a German Development Agency (GIZ) on human capacity development with special focus on the youths for increased economic productivity.
The MoU, signed by the Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Samuel Egube and the Country Director, Nigeria & Ecowas, GIZ, Ina Hommers, aims to provide a viable skill development programme that would empower the young people for employment opportunities and thereby enhance the sustainable economic growth of the state and the nation at large.
Speaking during the signing in Alausa, Ikeja, at the weekend, Mr Egube, said: “Beyond focusing on just the infrastructure development, we are focusing on training and developing human capacity as well as systems that make those things sustainable and that is what the challenge is for Lagos and what we intend to pursue with all our hearts.
“There is a lot we are doing and focusing on human development because everything we do, we must revolve around that. What is the use in having great infrastructure, but your people are still poor. If you are doing infrastructure it must be sensible enough to support the development of your people and the development of their enterprise that is how we are broadly organised. In that frame, technical education is very crucial and that is because of the demography that we have; it is largely youth, young people.
“What we have decided to do in this administration is to pursue the THEMES agenda and the heart of that entire programme is what we call our partnerships. Lagos is not excluded at approached partnerships from the perspective of waiting to see what the donors have to give but what we are trying to do in Lagos is to change that paradigm and is to say if we are your partners, let’s co-create.”
The Commissioner disclosed his elation at the new partnership, which is expected to open up new ideas that would complement the quality and expand the capacity of government programmes to improve the livelihood of the people.
“I am happy that we are able to reach some kind of understanding to work together. As far as Lagos is concerned, we do not believe we have the knowledge in all to do it on our own. We believe that knowledge is complete depending on the quality of people sitting on the table so we see your coming to join us to sit on the table as something that expands the capacity of all of us together to make a difference,” Egube said.
Also speaking at the event, the Consul General, Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Stefan Traumann said that the partnership would support many youths and small businesses through the current phase and help build for them something sustainable.
In her remarks, the Country Director, Nigeria & Ecowas, GIZ, Ina Hommers, said the MoU is an excellent opportunity for strengthening the relationship, which has been built with the Lagos State Government on skills development as well as creation of employment opportunities for the youths.
Witnessing the MoU signing were Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Diaspora Affairs, Mr. Jermaine Sanwo-Olu; Director, Departmental Partnership, Lagos Ministry of Economic Planning, Mr. Pekin Sobodu; Executive Secretary, Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB), Mrs. Ronke Azeez, other Officials of GIZ Nigeria and representatives of the State’s Ministry of Justice.