Phillips Consulting has said that it has put together a package that has helped Lagos and Ogun states to come together in a bid to offer online training and create jobs for Nigerians. According to a statement issued by Phillips Consulting “In 2020, to support the Federal and State government initiative of addressing unemployment and creating jobs, the two states will work in collaboration with its content partners to deliver free online training worth N75 million on specialised IT Certifications to 500 Nigerian youths across the country”. This announcement was made at the NSACC breakfast meeting by Mr. Rob Taiwo Managing Director, Phillips Consulting.
Phillips Consulting is a proudly indigenous management, business and digital technology consulting firm with over 27 years’ experience in helping to build sustainable businesses and governments delivery units across Nigeria and Africa. Over the years, we have worked with and supported several private and public sector organisations including Lagos and Ogun State Governments. In Nigeria, there have not been many such strategic partnerships both in the private and public sector. As a result, we rather have several siloed businesses and short-lived enterprises. However, the current challenges in the business community and the lack of fund accruing to States, has created the imperative for collaboration in both public and private sectors.
In the quest to kick start such strategic collaborative partnership between key States in Nigeria, Phillips Consulting, a reputable business and management consulting firm, used the monthly breakfast meeting of the Nigerian-South African Chamber of Commerce (NSACC) as a platform to announce the birth of a strong alliance/partnership between Lagos and Ogun State Government. During this event, the Governors of both States participated in a panel session moderated by Foluso Phillips, the Chairman of pcl.
This Lagos/Ogun Partnership Alliance (LOPA) model is the first of its kind in Nigeria and is targeted at addressing the following; decongestion of Lagos State; development of a Land Port; rail and water transportation between both States; Private Public Partnership (PPP) funding for infrastructural development; a grand masterplan for the integration of both states; extension of their vision by working closely with the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission; a ‘Lagos /Ogun Integration Summit’ organised in collaboration with DAWN will be a good start. Both Governors identified several Quick Wins; Signing of the already prepared agreement by both states to set up a Lagos/Ogun Commission that will handle all issues that are of common interest to the states; Execute the Joint Resident Registration Scheme to tackle insecurity.
Completion of an ongoing rice mill in Lagos that will receive and process most of the rice input from Ogun State. Expansion of trailer park in Ogun state to help ease the Apapa traffic congestion in Lagos; Conclusion of agreement with the Federal government to take over the completion of several Federal roads bordering the two states such as the Lagos – Sagamu Express Way which is only at 20% completion.