The federal government who remain undaunted in tackling the challenge of youth unemployment and underemployment through a matrix of initiatives has called on the United States to assist the country in tackling unemployment by upgrading the skill acquisition centres already established in various parts of the country.
Ministry of Labour and Employment by Assistant Director Press, Rhoda Ilya, said the call was made when the Permanent Secretary, William Alo, received a delegation from the US Department of Labour on behalf of the minister, Dr Chris Ngige.
He said highlighted the need for Nigeria to increase its intervention in reducing unemployment.
Assistance from the US to upgrade the skill acquisition centres in the country will be of immense benefit to Nigeria as it will enhance job creation. Crimes such as child labour, forced labour and other ills are the fallout of unemployment. “Repositioning of the skills acquisition centres in the country will create more employment opportunities for the unemployed youths and others.
As part of its continuing efforts to stave off the menace of youth employment, government has put in place a number of initiatives to boost the employability of graduands of our tertiary institutions, either as employees or in self-employment
He said, We acknowledge the US as a long-standing dependable partner, and feel assured that US intervention will help to reduce the crime rate among the youths, as many of them will get off the crime track when employed.”
Federal Government listed initiatives to include N-Power, the Bank of Industry Youth Entrepreneurship Support (YES) programme and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Bank of Agriculture (BoA) support schemes.
These initiatives include, but not limited to, the Energising Education Programme, through the Rural Electricity Agency, the intent of which is, inter alia, to provide captive power plants for selected tertiary institutions, thus providing them with much needed uninterrupted power supply; and the Skill G project by TETFund which provides computers, laboratory equipment and other learning resources to tertiary institutions. and inaugurating the National Employment Council to tackle the menace of unemployment in the country.