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The massive hall of the Landmark event centre, Victoria Island was packed with 1,393 final year students who successfully graduated from the second edition of the Ready Set Work (RSW) initiative of the Lagos State Government last Tuesday.
The students drawn from six tertiary institutions namely: Lagos State University (LASU), Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Lagos State College of Health Technology (LASOHET), Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED) and the Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPED), and the University of Lagos (UNILAG) had undergone 13 weeks of employability and entrepreneurship skills training that would set them apart in the world of work and business.
The facilitators had certified them fit for service and business and it was time for them to bid farewell to the Saturday classes that changed the orientation of many out of the initial 2,000 that started the race.  They swore the graduate oath of honour, pledging to live and work according to the highest standard of ethics, respect, hard work and professionalism from then on.
Short documentaries about the experiences of students and facilitators during the programme that held in three centres (LASU, UNILAG and LASPOTECH) reminded the participants about what they had been taught about hard work, communication, team work, integrity, commitment, problem solving and critical thinking, global challenge, among others.
Then came the highpoint of the event – the announcement of those who were successful in the internship interview held penultimate week, as well as the winners of the business pitch.
Ibrahim Akanni Shuaib and his partner, Bukola Esther Akinfolarin, carried the day with their Go-RECYCLEIT business idea – the best of 23 presented to a panel of judges made up of industry experts, academics and government officials.
The duo was rewarded with N1,500,000 in addition to N600,000 as working capital of N100,000 for six months.
Through GO-RECYCLEIT, Shuaib and Akinfolarin hope to not only recycle all kinds of waste but promote environmental sustainability and community health, and develop social economy by empowering individuals to get value from waste and become source of raw materials to local recycling industries.  They hope to provide employment for the youth, elderly and physically challenged people.
Shuaib, a 600-Level student of Dentistry, said of his victory: “I feel very happy and fulfilled emerging as the winner of this competition. I am proud that I am from LASU. Also, this will be a stepping stone for me to show the world that LASU truly has world class products and I will be able to expand my business, which I have already started on a small scale.”
Another group from UNILAG with recycling focus, Waste to Wealth, came second and got N1,250,000 to develop their business in addition to N600,000.  TSK Group came third and got N1 million, while COIF got N750,000 for coming fourth.  In fifth place was Juice Out, which was rewarded with N500,000.  All winning groups got the N600,000 allowance for six months.
They would also be supervised for a period of 12 months during which their business ideas would be nursed to ensure they survive.

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