Lessons from Lagos state in addressing youth unemployment

An employee of online retailer Jumia sorts packages for delivery at the company's warehouse in Lagos February 16, 2015. The growth of Africa's middle class has created demand for products that conventional retail struggles to satisfy due to a shortage of malls and grinding traffic in many cities that deters shoppers. The sector is still in its infancy. The internet's contribution to Africa's gross domestic product stood at 1.1 percent in 2013, much lower than other emerging markets. But this could rise to 10 percent, or $300 billion, by 2025, according to a report by consultants McKinsey's & Company. REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGERIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

In this episode of Foresight Africa, Tejumola Abisoye, executive secretary of Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, talks about the Lagos State Government’s youth initiative and its role in tackling the youth employment problem. She also highlights youth initiatives in other states and the importance of investing in MSMEs in rebuilding the economy.

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