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Tertiary education institutions’ graduates in the country need to develop relevant skills to take advantage of some employment opportunities in the country, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Sonny Echono, has said.
Arc. Echono, who made this call in Abuja on Thursday during a workshop on cultural creativities for youth skills development, said employment’s emphasis is fast shifting away from paper/document qualifications to available developed skills.
“With the high level of youth unemployment and global technological advancement, we need to prioritise our cultural creativities for our youths to have the requisite skills for world of work,” Echono said.
The Permanent Secretary, who stressed the need to enhance relevance of skills acquisition system, said the country cannot afford to have large chunk of its youthful population engaging on unproductive acts.
“We cannot wait, there is need to note that the world is providing knowledgeable professionals, Nigeria cannot be contented with its current situation of leading the world with the highest number of out-of-school children that are roaming on the streets,” he said.
On his part, the Secretary General of National Commission for United Nations, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (NATCOM-UNESCO), Mr Kehinde Ayotunde, said the workshop was organised to support skills acquisition system as solution to unemployment.
“We are moved by the embarrassing number of Nigerian youths that are being produced everyday from tertiary institutions who are roaming about on the streets unemployed because of misplaced priorities.
“Most of them are trained mostly on reading and writing but their skills, value and attitude are not developed. This workshop intends to bring out their potentials, skills and vocational ability.
“We are going to train them and give them a start-up, so they can be on their own instead of looking for white collar jobs that are no more there. You will see them bringing out their own skills. This is in tandem with the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of the Federal Government,” Ayotunde said.
The NATCOM-UNESCO’s scribe called on youths to take advantage of the training programme which is free of charge even as the event witnessed presentation of certificates to some of its beneficiaries, who were trained on skills such as cane chair making, shoe and bag making, hair dressing and cosmetology.
Source: The Authority

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