The Lagos State Employment Trust Fund is set to hold the maiden edition of its employment summit. The summit themed Showcasing Leading Practices For Job Creation holds on the 5th & 6th February, 2020 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, 38/40 Isaac John Street, Ikeja GRA, Lagos State.
As the theme implies, the summit will discuss the remedies that will address unemployment and the future of jobs in Africa. Same way, it will draw from experiences with vulnerable populations and showcase notable interventions as case studies for learnings from various public and private institutions.
As mentioned in LSETF website, “this summit will create an avenue for various actors to discuss strategies that promote job creation through skills development, applied technology and entrepreneurship.”
About The Employment Summit
The Employment Summit was created with the objectives of creating peer learning from industry experts, and to improve implementation of employability programs. Also the aim is to influence government policy to improve results and outcomes for target groups (women, youth, entrepreneurs); and to create links and partnerships with invited organisations through shared goals and objectives.
During a press conference to announce the Summit, Mr Dele Martins, Member, Board of Trustees, LSETF disclosed that; “by drawing successful experiences from both the private and public sectors in putting people to productive work, we can identify sustainable solutions for job creation”.
In addition he said; “I believe strongly that this summit aligns with the ‘Next Level’ goals of both the Federal Government and the Lagos State Government’s THEMES agenda on job creation”.
Also, representatives of Governments across the 36 States in Nigeria and Africa will attend. In attendance will also be NGOs, Corporate Organisations, International Donor Agencies and Government Agencies responsible for addressing youth unemployment.
The summit will focus on women and entrepreneurship, jobs for the future, leveraging technology for job creation, generating employment opportunities through agriculture, fund-raising for development projects, the importance of monitoring and evaluation of projects for sustainable impact, creating successful interventions for disadvantaged groups, SME financing and skills development for jobs.
Also, some of the confirmed speakers coming are; Mrs Ndidi Nwuneli, Managing Partner, Sahel Capital; Ms. Sharmi Surainairan, Chief Impact Officer, Harambee Youth Accelerator, South Africa; Dr Ndidi Nnoli, Group Chief, Sustainability and Governance, Dangote Group; Mrs. Solape Hammond, special Adviser, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Lagos Global and many others.
Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF)
This organisation was established by the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund Law, 2016. It was created to provide financial support to residents of Lagos State, on job, wealth creation and to tackle unemployment.
The aim is to focus on promotion of entrepreneurship by improving access to finance, strengthening the institutional capacity of MSMEs and formulating policies designed to improve the business environment in Lagos State. Also, to develop programmes designed to train and place trained Lagos residents in jobs. The goal of the initiative is to also create programmes designed to drive innovation within the Lagos ecosystem.
In summary, based on an Independent Assessment Report supported by Ford Foundation in 2018, LSETF has been a blessing. The arm has succeeded in creating thousands of jobs for Lagosians within the space of two years.
The registration window for the summit is still open, and you can register on summit.lsetf.ng/home/register to benefit. The registration fee for early bird is N60,000 which covers lunch, tea break and conference material.
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