The Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, has appealed to corporate organisations in the country to deploy their corporate social responsibility towards empowering youths in the state.
He urged the private sector to invest in the graduate internship scheme of the state government, adding that the initiative was to equip fresh graduates with skills that would make them job creators rather than job seekers.
The governor spoke at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, while receiving a delegation from Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited, a statement said on Wednesday.
While appreciating the company for its strides on CSR, he said there was a need to empower youths with trainings that would make them contribute to the advancement of the Nigerian society.
He said, “I want our relationship on CSR to be scaled up so that we can start to have some kind of synergy between your expertise and the graduates that we churn out from our tertiary institutions in Lagos.
“We can look at a way of exploring new avenues of creating wealth among our graduates or even in accessing trainings that you can avail us both locally and externally so that in the end, we will be able to do what we think is good for our new graduates and we will be part of the success story of Total and also make our graduates useful to the society on their own.”
Ambode commended Total for investing in Nigeria at a time when other organisations were running away from the country, saying the action underscored the trust and commitment of the firm to the improvement of Nigeria’s economy.
Earlier, the Managing Director of the firm, Mr. Nicolas Terraz, who led the delegation, said his team was at the Lagos House to further improve on the relationship which had always existed between Total Nigeria and the Lagos State Government.