Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has unveiled a new vision to bridge the gap between university education and practical technical training. In a recent meeting with the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Mrs. Oluwatoyin Madein at his office in Abeokuta, the state capital, he outlined this strategy, emphasizing its potential to generate employment opportunities within the state.
Governor Abiodun drew inspiration from his visit to India alongside the President, where he observed a structured apprenticeship system. In India, those undergoing training are not only equipped with skills but are also paid during their apprenticeships. He stressed the need to emulate such an approach in Ogun State, highlighting the importance of proper training, certification, and support for those entering the workforce.
“In India, they are properly trained, paid, and certified, so that when they complete their training, they are also provided with facilities, including loans, to start their own businesses. This approach forms the backbone of their Small and Medium Scale Enterprises,” the governor explained.
The governor went on to detail various initiatives undertaken by his administration to boost employment and foster economic growth. This includes the creation of a Special Agro-Cargo Processing Zone, which could potentially offer jobs to 30,000 to 40,000 people. Industrial clusters in Remo, Ijebu-Ode, and Magboro have also been established, with plans for a Dry Port on the horizon. The Agbara industrial cluster, recognized as the largest in sub-Saharan Africa, has earned Ogun State the title of Nigeria’s industrial capital.
He emphasized that his government’s vision centers on creating an enabling environment and leveraging Public Private Partnerships to promote prosperity at both the state and individual levels. Critical sectors such as infrastructure, education, healthcare, and housing have been addressed to facilitate this vision.
Governor Abiodun stressed the importance of collaboration with the AGF’s office to continue implementing the “Building Our Future Together” agenda, reiterating that government alone cannot achieve this goal.
In closing, he commended Mrs. Oluwatoyin Madein on her appointment and praised her for her merits and the example she sets for women in leadership.
Mrs. Madein, in response, lauded the state’s efforts to attract investors, promote industrialization, and provide essential infrastructure. She highlighted Ogun State as a hub for development and commended the disappearance of forests replaced by industries, making it an attractive prospect for businesses outside of Lagos State.
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