The Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo, says the ongoing 2019 Lagos State University (LASU) Career Fair is a ‘life saver’, given the problem of unemployment confronting the country.
Adefisayo said this at the opening of the LASU 2019 Career Fair on Tuesday, with the theme : Employability Enhancement for Career Advancement in a Dynamic Labour Market.
She said the career fair was a capacity building event that could only be described as a life saver in the face of the high rate of unemployment in the country.
“A school certificate has no intrinsic worth, until the Alumni of such school begin to excel and fill key positions nationally and globally,”she said.
Adefisayo congratulated the organisers of the event, the LASU Career Development Centre (LCDC) team and the LASU Alumni association, for coming up with such a brilliant idea.
The Commissioner also lauded the sponsors and the university management for creating an enabling environment and giving full support to make the event a reality.
“It is no longer news that LASU has developed exponentially over the past few years.
“Climbing the ladder all the way to this pinnacle of being the best university is no doubt unachievable without pulling impactful implementable and novel feats, ” she said.
In his address, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, Vice-Chancellor, LASU, lauded the sponsors of the event for believing in the university, while describing the theme of the fair as apt.
Fagbohun urged the students to take advantage of the programme and be actively involved in it.
He also assured employers of labour at the event that the institution had been offering quality education and uninterrupted services to its students.
“In the last three years and 10 months, other than the national strikes, not one minute of downtime have we had in this institution.
” That means the contact hours that our students should have with their lecturers are being met on a regular basis, ” he said.
Also, Mr Tokunbo Wahab, Special Adviser to the Governor of Lagos State on Education, advised the students not to take the opportunity to learn with levity.
Wahab, represented by Mr Samsudeen Allison, Permanent Secretary , Lagos State Ministry of Education, also charged employers of labour to be dispassionate during their recruitment process and select the best.
“Take this as a giant stride to solving our major challenge of unemployment in Nigeria, ” he said.
Edited by Folasade Adeniran/Oluwole Sogunle