By Emeka Mamah
KADUNA â€” General Secretary of the National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, NUTGTWN, Comrade Issa Aremu, said yesterday that the seven-point development agenda of the late President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua had already been scaled down to four.
Aremu said the four-point agenda now include â€œpower supply, electoral reform and anti-corruption and of course the unofficial 4th item on the agendaâ€” 2011 elections.â€
He spoke against the backdrop of reports that the Federal Government was planning to review the seven-point agenda during yesterdayâ€™s sitting of the Federal Executive Council meeting.
Aremu who is also the Vice President, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, further said a high percentage of the present crop of graduates being produced by universities and other tertiary institutions in the country were unemployable in the industries due to lack of skills.
According to him, â€œa wide gap exists between what is taught at school and the skills required to perform on a job,â€ adding, however, that there was need to bridge the gap between Nigeriaâ€™s education and industrial needs as it is quite wide.
He made the remarks in a paper on â€œBridging the gap between Nigeriaâ€™s education and industry capability needs: A case for content realignment,â€ in Kaduna.
He, however, queried the rational behind the scaling down of the nationâ€™s development agenda in the face of its many needs.
His words, â€œthe gap that exists between what is taught at school and the skills required to perform on a job is quite wide. High percentage of young graduates are unemployable due to lack of needed skills in the labour market. No industry without education and education remains meaningless without value addition to industry. However, education cannot add value to industry without the relevant skills which must come through curriculum content realignment.
â€œSkills deal with inventions, services, products, ideas, innovations and best practices that drive the wheel of progress and development. Knowledge, skills, and resourcefulness of people are critical to sustaining economic and social development activities in a knowledge based society.”