Nigeria to establish centres to address unemployment

ABUJA: NIGERIA ‘s Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, said Government would establish more skills acquisition centres across the country to provide vocational training to unemployed youths. This is part of efforts to reduce the spate of unemployment. “The Federal Government will soon establish more skills acquisition centres across the country to train unemployed youths in different vocational skills through the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), project,” Ngige said in Abuja.

He spoke as he received a delegation from the Ngige Mandate Movement, Abuja branch. Ngige said that given the alarming rate of unemployment in the country, Nigerians should de-emphasize the quest for white-collar jobs and explore other alternatives, citing skills in building construction such as plumbing, tile laying, plaster of Paris, screeding, and painting among others as viable means of livelihood. He urged Nigerians to brace up to the challenges of the time, stressing the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was committed to addressing unemployment.

To this end, his Ministry is liaising with other Government establishments and Non-Governmental Organizations, State and Local Governments on the need to make people aware people of key into the skills acquisition programme of the Federal Government.

Coordinator of the Ngige Mandate Movement, Abuja Chapter, Foster Ogbalu, congratulated the minister on his appointment. Ogbalu assured the minister of their support. “We are determined more than ever before to collaborate with him to making sure that he succeeds in the discharge of his duties,” he said.