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LAGOS TRAINS YOUTHS ON REMOTE WORKING INITIATIVE

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… Harps on mindset reorientation to face realities of present-day labour market

The Lagos State Government has trained over two hundred graduate youths on the reality of working remotely as it moves to stem the rising tide of youth unemployment in the State.

The training, a collaboration between the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment and CCHUB & Knowledge Exchange Centre Programme, was dubbed Career Workshop 4.0 with the theme: “The Rise of Remote Work: Opportunities and Challenges”.

Speaking at the event, the Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke, said that the training came on the heels of the rise in remote hiring and working as a result of the challenges thrown up by the COVID-19 pandemic, and has paved way for the growth of best practices in Human Resources, Employee Leadership Practices and Virtual Team Leaders.

Mrs. Arobieke, who stated that the programme is youth-focused and organised to enlighten them on how best to embrace remote work, also noted that the trend is gradually being embraced in the global workspace as the new normal, maintaining that it is a preferred solution for physical distancing.

She stressed the need for reorientation in order to achieve a shift in the mindset of the unemployed youths as they face the realities of the present-day labour market.

“Observations have shown that the number of unemployed youths seeking employment and particularly white-collar jobs outnumber the vacancies required to be filled, hence, the need to reorientate the mindset of the job seekers to imbibe learning vocational and technical skills to be self-employed”, the Commissioner said.

Arobieke appealed to youths to be technologically savvy, asserting that knowledge in digitalisation will bridge the skills gap among fresh university graduates and help them achieve global trends as they get integrated into the wider work environment.

One of the panelists at the event, Dr. Ayo Adeyemi, gave the benefits of remote employees as increased productivity, reduced stress, happier employees, more family time, less time commuting and a wider talent pool with the right people in the team.

The Coordinator of the career talk, Aghogho Akporido, used the opportunity to encourage youths to tap into the networking skills and appreciate the State Government’s efforts at addressing the challenge of unemployment among graduates in Lagos, while providing opportunities for graduates to have employability skills and exposure to today’s world of work.

He added that the State Government, under the able leadership of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, is leaving no stone unturned in mitigating the unemployment scourge.

Other panelists that spoke at the training programme include, Molade Adeniyi, Dr. Mark Perkins and Omolara Aromire.

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5000 LAGOSIANS GET FREE HEALTH INSURANCE ON SANWO-OLU’S BIRTHDAY

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No fewer than 5000 Lagosians are to be enrolled in the Ilera Eko Social Health Plan – courtesy of the Lagos State Executive Council.

The gesture is to celebrate Governor Sanwo-Olu’s 57th birthday on June 25 and in the spirit of his compassion for the indigent and vulnerable.

Beneficiaries will have access to quality health care services and drugs under the ILERA EKO Standard Plan at no cost to them.

Nominees will be selected from the Lagos State Social Protection Register. An equal number of the 5000 eligible beneficiaries are to be selected from the five IBILE divisions of the State and will enjoy Universal Health Coverage.

These beneficiaries have been identified using a multi-dimensional poverty index tool, which includes the poverty means-testing to ensure accuracy, reliability and validity of the data generated.

ILERA EKO is the State Social Health Insurance Plan managed by Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA), which offers the basic minimum health plan that provides quality and affordable healthcare for all Lagos residents, especially the middle and low-income earners as well as the vulnerable.

Services on the Plan include: General consultations; Specialist Consultations; Management of uncomplicated chronic diseases (Diabetes, Hypertension, Asthma); Maternal and Newborn Care; Normal Delivery and Caesarean Section; Dental Care (with Composite filling) and Eye Care, including glasses.

There are also minor and major surgeries; laboratory tests and scans; HIV/TB Testing services; Emergency Health Services; Cancer Care and the provision of prescribed drugs.

A policy cycle under the ILERA EKO Health Insurance Plan runs for 12 calendar months in which an enrolee’s policy is due for renewal before the 25th day of the 12th month to enable such subscribers have access to care the next month (Start of renewed policy cycle).

The selected beneficiaries will commence access to care from July 1, 2022.

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Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Wife remanded as UK Court denies them bail

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An Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court in the United Kingdom did not grant bail to Ike Ekweremadu, former Deputy Senate President, and Beatrice, his wife, who were apprehended over attempted harvesting of organs.

It was gathered that the Nigerian couple was detained by the Metropolitan Police when they tried harvesting an unnamed child’s organs.

When the Senator was arraigned on Thursday, the court refused to grant him bail but ordered that he should be remanded till July 7

The Metropolitan Police while confirming the arrest said in a statement that the pair were charged to court on Thursday following an investigation by the police’ specialist crime team.

“Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55 (10.9.66) of Nigeria is charged with conspiracy to arrange/facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting,” the statement read.

“Ike Ekweremadu, 60 (12.05.62) of Nigeria is charged with conspiracy to arrange/facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting.

They have both been remanded in custody and will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court later today.

“A child has been safeguarded and we are working closely with partners on continued support.”

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Conditional Cash Transfer: Lagos flags off distribution of ATM card, activation pins

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Lagos State Government on Thursday flags off distribution of ATM cards and activation pins to beneficiaries in continuation of conditional cash transfer programme.

Speaking at the event which took place at Agege Local Government, Agege, Lagos, Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Hon.Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke, appreciated the Federal Government through the National Cash Transfer Office(NCTO), under the Office of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development (FMHADMSD), who has the mandate to develop humanitarian policies, provide effective co-ordination of national and International Humanitarian interventions, ensure strategic disaster mitigation, preparedness and response and manage the formulation and implementation affair, focused social inclusion and protection program in Nigeria.

She recalled that she was elated that CCT beneficiaries in Lagos State have received the bi-monthly cash stipends from the programme and have been availed with the much needed capacity skills through the Savings and Group Mobilisation (SGM) training, which have been in no small measure of immense benefits to their livelihood, which culminated in the result of the success stories that have been shared across the targeted LGAs /LCDAs.

“It would be recalled that the Federal Government in partnership with the World Bank, established National Social Safety Nets Project (NASSP), have played a pivotal role to help end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity with a view to ameliorate the lives of the citizenry. The NASSP Project Development Objective (PDO), is to provide access to targeted transfers to poor and vulnerable households under an expanded National Social Safety nets system”, Arobieke said.

She further maintained that the National Cash Transfer Office under NASSP, was given the mandate to implement the Federal Government conditional cash transfer, also known as Household Uplifting Programme.

“The programme since inception has successfully paid beneficiaries via transparent and accountable means that enables the NASSPS programme pay beneficiaries at their doorstep through Payment Service Provisions (PSP)”, Arobieke said.

She also acknowledged the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for being a father of the nation and as well as a proactive governor for putting the programme in place with his audacious vision of lifting 100 million people out of the poverty net in Nigeria .

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