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Announcing THE WORKPLAN: Africa’s biggest program on the Future of Work, 4IR



The Workplan
With an anticipated annual labor market entry of about 11 million youths for the next 10 years, it is crucial for Nigeria and Africa to prepare our future workforce to stand out globally at a time when it’s been predicted that automation will power 85 percent of customer service by 2020 and cut business costs by $8 Billion by 2022. 

Here comes ‘THE WORKPLAN’, Africa’s First Private Sector Led Collaborative Platform for Policy Makers, Private Sector, Academia, Techies & Young People, to draw up a practical blueprint for developing the formal & informal skills that are pivotal to Job Creation, economic growth & our global competitiveness across sectors and industries.The WorkPlan

Ise the Job Bot, machine learning Job search Tool built by Rise Networks and the 3 Winners of the 2019 The Rise Labs Artifiical Intelligence Ideathon, a competition organised for AI Experts & Enthusiasts to proffer solutions to some of Nigeria’s most daunting challenges in Healthcare, Financial Inclusion, Education & Agriculture using AI Concepts will also be unveiled at the Event.

The Program is being hosted under the Patronage of the President of the Africa Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina.

The Opening Keynote will be delivered by His Highness Muhammad Sanusi II, the Emir of Kano while the Closing Keynote will be done by Dr. Matthew Opoku- Prempeh, Ghana’s Minister of Education with the sponsorship support of The World Bank, Interswitch, GIZ, Africa Development Bank, Canon, Bank of Industry & The International Labour Organization.

Other Speakers include Juliet Ehimuan, Country Manager, Google Nigeria, Dr. Olatunde Adekola of the World Bank, Dr. Dennis Zulu, Director, Sub- Saharan Africa, International Labour Organization, Odun Eweniyi, Co-Founder/COO PiggyVest, Adetayo Bamiduro, Co-founder, Mrs. Toyin Adeniji, Executive Director, Micro Enterprises, Bank of Industry, Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Labour & Employment & Dr. Ola Brown of Flying Doctors Nigeria.

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THE WORKPLAN is a conceptual initiative of Rise Networks, the leading Learning, Research and Work Readiness Centre powered by Data Science, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning on the Continent.

The Founder of Rise Networks, Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, while speaking to Journalists said that Africa’s Young people “should be trained to perform not to be taught to simply memorize”.

She hinted that The WORKPLAN 2019 which will host 1500 Participants from across Nigeria as a one-day action & policy focused event which will take place on Tuesday, 17th of December 2019 at The Pistis Hub, 1a Ikorodu Road, Behind Mobil Filling Station, Maryland, Lagos, Nigeria.

Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsij

Founder of Rise Networks, Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji

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“After the Event, Rise Networks will work with stakeholder groups across the public, private and development sectors to implement the expected outcomes of THE WORKPLAN 2019 one of which is to ensure that Data Science related Subjects such as AI, Advanced Analytics & Machine Learning are included in the course curriculum of 6 Tertiary Institutions in the nation as a Pilot and students from across faculties and departments can cross register & take these courses as electives and get credit for it such that they have the skills the marketplace needs upon graduation”, Akerele-Ogunsiji added.

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