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The Federal Government has kickstarted the training of youths and unemployed in the South-East zone, in various Skills as an option to white-collar jobs.
While flagging off the training in Owerri, Imo State, Minister for Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, said that skills education would equip the youth with self-employment and self-reliant skills that would serve them for life.
He further posited that the training would boost their socio-economic status.
‘This is one of the ways that the government wants to remove youths from poverty, and social discontent, and give them a new lease of life.’
According to the Minister, the skills acquired by beneficiaries would not only make them self employed, but will also enable them to become employers of labour which would spread the skills learnt and also boost the economy.
He also disclosed that the scheme is a nationwide skill development programme and would be performed in all the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
He further disclosed that the Government was considering including Skills Education in the nation’s education curricular.
He noted that the acquisition of certain skills would boost the chances of Nigerians at jobs that other nationals were currently monopolising in the country.
Ngige stated that at the end of the training, the Government would empower the participants with the necessary kits for the various skills they trained in.
Ngige noted that degree holders could also acquire the Skills Certificate in addition, as it would place them on a higher pedestal, adding that one could combine a white-collar job with a blue-collar one.
He also pointed out that skill certificate was edging paper certificate out of importance.
‘This is a golden opportunity for you to add to the paper certificate you already have.’
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