In a move to reduce the rate of youth unemployment bracket in the country, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, disclosed that the Federal Government will start off skills acquisition training in 18 states across the six geo-political zones of the country in March. Dr Ngige announced this on Wednesday in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. The Minister who led a team from his ministry and the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) on a fact finding situation of facilities in Lagos for the effective take off of various training programmes, said that Lagos and the Abuja Federal Capital would be strategic centres for the first phase of the training programme.
According to Dr Ngige, the Federal Government is worried over the rate of unemployment in the country and is currently tackling it from various fronts:
“Recall that job creation is one of the cardinal programmes of the present administration. “Reckon also that the Federal Government has been undaunted by severe challenges occasioned by economic recession in rescuing millions from the ugly spectra of youth unemployment bracket. “This is one of the programmes through which government intends to create jobs. The minister continued that their decision to make blue collar jobs prominent in their multi-faceted job creation activities was informed by the limiting opportunities of white collar job against the increasing potentials offered by blue collar skills: “We are therefore here to inspect facilities for effective take off of training programmes,‘’ he declared. Dr Ngige added that 50,000 youths would be engaged in the first phase of the training. The Minister continued that coaching materials and other logistics for a successful and smooth session would be supplied by the government.
Dr Ngige inspected the various sections of the facility, namely the auto-mechanic and electrical sections, building construction unit, carpentry and joinery, welding and metal fabrication units. He also visited the NDE state office in Lagos, where he advised staff members to cooperate with the Federal Government as regards job creation by committing themselves to their responsibilities. The Minister also visited the Government Technical College, Ikeja and Samsung Engineering Academy, where trainees are trained on repairs of electronics such as air-conditioners, fridges, GSM telephones and so forth. He reiterated the Federal Government’s preparedness to partner with respectable private organisations in its skills acquisition training programmes.
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