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NECA, Norway partner on youth employment

By Funmi Komolafe

ABUJA—THE Federal Government is to establish skill acquisition centres nationwide to train unemployed youths in preparation for self employment which it noted has been on the rise  amongst youths as a consequence of the global economic meltdown.

Labour and Productivity Minister, Senator Ibrahim Kazaure made this views known in a message delievered on his behalf by the permanent secretary in the ministry, Dr. Alex Anigbo at the inauguration of the Self Employment for Nigerian Youths, SEFNY, organised by the Nigerian Employers’ Consultative Association, NECA, in collaboration with the Norwegian business and industry.

The minister, according to a statement by his Assistant Director, Press, Mr. Sam Olowookere stated the need to equip the Nigerian youths with requisite skills for self employment and enhance their employability led his Ministry to establish the skill acquisition centres nationwide.

He said the “centres are intended to create and impact technical and vocational skills to Nigerian graduates from tertiary institutions which will make them “job creator” rather than “job seekers”.

Senator Ibrahim Kazaure emphasized that sustainable self reliance and reduced dependence on white collar jobs in the country is of major interest to this administration, stressing that “self employment for Nigerian youths programme is therefore, an eloquent expression of an initiative in this regard.”

The minister urged the social partners and stakeholders, especially organised labour  to collaborate with government for continuous harmonious industrial and labour relations so that the national action plan on employment creation will be fully implemented and sustained.


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