No fewer than 5,000 students from tertiary institutions in Lagos State are jostling for 2,000 internship placement opportunities from firms throughout the country under the Ready.Set.Work (RSW) initiative of the Lagos State Government.
For final year students of the eight tertiary institutions participating in the programme, a career fair was organised in line with the program of this RSW initiative. The fair was held on Saturday in the University of Lagos.
Out of the 5,000 pupils, who took part the students would be selected to take part in six months internship placement throughout the state with about 300 companies.
The pupils were interviewed from the companies of their own choices. So as to scale up their odds of being chosen A number of these took part.
Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Education, Mr Obafela Bank-Olemoh said more than 300 companies were in partnership with the State Government to provide graduates of their RSW a six-month internship arrangement with the aim of equipping the participants with practical work experience to allow them stick out in line with the core objective of the RSW initiative.
Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe suggested that the programme ought to be sustained and replicated in other States.
Some of the pupils being interviewed during the fair
"This programme is unique and it shows that a government runs in Lagos. 2,000 students participated, This past year and it increased to 5,000. More than 200 organisations are included in this programme. This is what governance is all about.
"The Lagos State Government has performed well by bringing in private sector organisations to be involved in this programme. This programme is owned by the people and we are actively involved," he said.
One of the pupils, who took part in the fair, Alabi Olamilekan, 23, a 400 level final year Political Science student at the University of Lagossaid he was optimistic about his odds of being among the lucky 2,000 students to be chosen to undergo internship.
Another pupil, Olajumoke Agbetanmije, 21, a 400 level student at the Lagos State University, LASU, clarified the RSW programme as a laudable initiative, since she'd actually gained useful experience and that she was sure of being chosen after she was interviewed by officials from Bezaleel Consultings.
Also, Precious Nkemehule, 21, a 400 level pupil at LASU, stated she was hopeful that she'd scale , while she commended the state government for initiating RSW and did interviews in two firms.
However Saturday, a company pitch competition could be held in LASU, during which participants that are business-inclined would be attached to mentors and provided by the Lagos State Employment Trust fund with startup funds.