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Ministry partners ADB on youth employment, skills development

Beneficiaries of the Youth Employment Scheme of Oyo (YES-O)

By Victor Ahiuma-Young

AS part of its efforts in the fight against unemployment in the country, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment is partnering with the African Development Bank, AFDB, on youth empowerment and skills acquisition.

One of such partnerships is a planned programme on Youth Employment and Skills Development in Nigeria, Public-Private Roundtable.

Addressing the team of experts from ADB, led by Rosemond Offei Awuke, Chief Development Economist, Human Capital Youth and Skills Development in his office, Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, affirmed that the problem of youth unemployment was very serious in Nigeria and other African countries.

According to him: “The youths constitute a larger proportion of Nigeria’s population; the pertinent question, therefore, is how many of these youths are fully employed, underemployed and unemployed? Alarmingly, the majority of Nigerian youths are in the underemployed and unemployed categories.

“We assure you that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to all efforts aimed at job creation for the teeming unemployed Nigerian youths. I have no doubt that from this roundtable, meaningful solutions will be provided on youth employment.”

Earlier, the Chief Development Economist, Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development, Rosemond Awuke appreciated the Minister for his unwavering commitment to the fight against youth unemployment.

She avowed the determination of the African Development Bank to support the present administration in its drive at job creation

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