Lafia – The Nigerian Union of Tailors in Nasarawa State has said that its members have resolved to offer free training to youths to reduce unemployment and youth restiveness.
The Chairman of the union, Mr Sefiyanu Abubakar, made this known at the graduation ceremony of five female apprentices in Lafia on Saturday.
Abubakar said the gesture was aimed at encouraging unemployed youths and the less privileged to learn a trade and be self-employed.
He also said that the gesture would discourage the youths from waiting for non-existing white collar jobs.
The chairman expressed concerns over some youths who engaged themselves in thuggery, political rascality and other social vices.
He advised them to engage in trades like tailoring, welding, mechanic, carpentry and so many more, in order to be self-reliant.
The chairman expressed joy over the graduation of five female apprentices, and charged them to be proactive and committed to their occupation.
He called on parents to always encourage their children to learn a trade, noting that even without government assistance; the children would be self-reliant with the trade.
Mr Samuel Ombi, a speaker at the ceremony, appealed to government at all levels to create skills acquisition centres for youths in the states in order to reduce restiveness.
Miss Onawo Hanna, who spoke on behalf of the graduates, thanked the organisers, and promised to do their best.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ceremony was climaxed with the presentation of gifts to the graduates.