11th July, 2011
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has challenged the private sector to fashion out programmes that will help tackle youth unemployment.
The governor spoke at the opening of Mercedes Benz Centre by M-B Automobile Service Limited in Victoria Island, Lagos, South West Nigeria.
According to Fashola, collaborative effort was required to curb the widening gap of poverty in the society, while expressing satisfaction with the establishment of the facility, adding that the initiative came at the right time when the State was intensifying efforts to renew and develop infrastructure; invest in human capacity development and empower the people with skills acquisition and opportunities which would enable them create wealth for themselves, their families and the society at large.
Fashola, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Wale Raji said the Mercedes Benz Centre would impact positively on the socio-economic fortunes of the local people, especially the youths through access to employment and other empowerment opportunities.
He assured the company of level of patronage, noting that Nigerians, particularly, Lagosians appreciated quality service and were ready to give their support to anybody or product that was prepared to deliver premium service rather than those who promised so much but delivered so little.
Fashola stated that his administration was determined to promote quality services and provide necessary infrastructure and services that would ensure that local and foreign investors got premium return from their investment.
Meanwhile, the new Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mrs. Olusola Oworu resumed office last week and sought the co-operation of the staff of the ministry in order to move it to greater heights.
Oworu was visited by some leaders of Perfect Care System Limited (Partner of the Lagos State Government in the 2011 Eko Xpo) who gave her a congratulatory card for her new appointment.