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The Lagos State Schol­arship Board has paid a total sum of N218.795.000 million (two hundred and eighteen million, seven hundred and eighty five thousand naira) as bursa­ry awards to a total num­ber of 6,411 (six thousand four hundred and eleven) students of the state origin in various higher institu­tions of learning to support their education, while the sum of N217,732,955.44 mil­lion (two hundred and seven­teen million, seven hundred and thirty-two thousand, nine hundred and fifty-five thousand naira, forty-four kobo was paid as scholarship awards to a total number of 981 beneficiaries.

Special Adviser to Gov­ernor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Education, Tokunbo Wa­hab, disclosed this on Friday during the Year 2021 Ministe­rial Press Briefing in Alausa, Ikeja, as part of the activities commemorating the second year anniversary of Gover­nor Sanwo Olu in office.

Wahab said the Lagos State government has revealed that its job initiative skills de­signed for final year students and those in penultimate classes was aimed at equip­ping students with essential skills that would make them relevant and their services es­sential in the labour market.

The state government also disclosed that through its Jobs Lagos Initiative (JLI), a total of 28,000 final year students and those in penultimate classes across all the state-owned tertiary institutions have been trained in different employability skills, includ­ing entrepreneurship, work readiness tools, soft skills, market aligned courses, among others, to make them suitable for employment and be competitive in the global market.

He stated that the initia­tive was part of the measures put in place by the Lagos government to reduce un­employment rate in the state.

According to him, the jobs initiative programme of the state government is aimed at preparing final year and pen­ultimate students of tertiary institutions for immediate entry into the workforce as employees and employers of labour by equipping them with the market aligned knowledge, soft skills, busi­ness tools and the mindset reorientation in the world of work.

Also at the event, the Com­missioner for Education, Fo­lasade Adefisayo, disclosed that 15,000 primary school teachers were trained and equipped with technology de­vices through Eko Excel (Ex­cellence in Child Education and Learning) programme tagged: “Leaving No Child Behind,” which is an initia­tive of the state government aimed at transforming teach­ing and learning in all govern­ment primary schools across the state using innovative tech­nology devices and data-driven platform.

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