The Kwara state government has approved 23 trades under its standard vocational skill acquisition programme designed to promote youth employment and entrepreneurship in the state.
Speaking during an official flag-off and interactive session with 60 accredited master trainers, the state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, informed that the exercise marked another major drive to reform skill acquisition and equip youths with necessary tools for entrepreneurship.
He added that the resolve of the government to identify and engage master trainers was borne out of a desire to benchmark skill acquisition centres against global standards, expose master trainers to the latest technologies in their respective trades, promote uniformity in the standard of practice, and in the process, reduce youth employment.
The governor emphasised that with the streamlining of skill acquisition in the state, artisans would be able to charge uniform fees for their services while consumers will be assured of quality service.
Governor Ahmed assured the participants that once they join cooperative societies they would benefit from his administration’s “revolving micro-credit scheme for micro, small and medium scale enterprises under which over 30,000 small business have benefited”.
The governor charged the skill acquisition committee to design fool-proof arrangements for monitoring of the scheme in order to achieve desired objectives.
Also speaking, the special assistant to the governor on tertiary education, Samuel Ajayi announced that the selection of the master trainers was done through a rigorous process.
The federal government has unveiled a strategic framework aimed at accelerating youth development in the country in line with the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan.
While revealing the framework, the minister of youth development, Mr. Inuwa Abdul-Kadir, said that the framework would provide support structure, monitoring and evaluation for all on-going employable and entrepreneurship development programme in the federal, state and local government areas.
He added that the ministry has started the process of institutionalizing a Career Assessment Programme (CAP) as a major component of the National Youth Service Corp Scheme.
The framework for youth development, according to the minister, is divided into four domains, including social mobilisation, leadership development, social media and youth employment.
The social media component of the framework is built around the thematic issues of the National Youth Policy as a critical platform of information, education and communication with the Nigerian youth.
There have been several documents by government designed to positively utilize the strength of the Nigerian youth. However, none of them appears to have brought the best out of them. The present administration will be hoping that the framework does some good for national youth development.
The Osun state government through one of its initiatives, Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme Technology (OYES-TECH) has completed training for about 5000 unemployed youths, which will enable them assemble and repair electronic appliances such as mobile phones and computers.
At the graduation ceremony of the trainees, held in Osogbo, Governor Rauf Aregbesola disclosed that OYES-TECH is a training programme initiated by his administration to provide youths with a deep and broad understanding of the theoretical framework in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
The graduands were trained in mobile phone assembly and repair, computer technology and entrepreneurial skills as well as necessary skills needed for sustainable employment in the ICT industry, for six months.
Aregbesola also stressed the need for the Federal Government of Nigeria to renew its dedication to the issue of youth unemployment and proffer more pro-active policies that will help in reducing its impact on the economy.
Governor Aregbesola added that youth unemployment is responsible for the restiveness of youths in the country.
Some of the beneficiaries of the OyesTECH scheme told Channels Television that the programme has groomed them to be employers of labour.
The scheme is designed to train 20,000 youths in four batches, with each comprising 5000 in each phase.
The Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, has said that the “madness” occasioned by the activities of radical sect, Boko Haram in the state would “evaporate” once the youths are gainfully engaged.
Mr Shettima, who spoke on Tuesday at the signing of tripartite agreement for the establishment of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Entrepreneurship Development Centres (EDCs) in three geo-political zones, including the North-east, North-central and South-south zones, said he believed the insecurity and hardship in the state would be a thing of the past once it was able to create jobs and engage the youths.
The governor said, “We are going to partner with the CBN to see to the realisation of this very noble and lofty initiative of the central bank towards ameliorating poverty and creating employment opportunities in the northeast sub-region of the country.
“We are not going to disappoint you; we would fulfil our own part of the bargain of the EDC and create the enabling environment for the EDC in the North-east sub-region,” he assured.
“Believe me, beneath the mayhem of Boko Haram, beneath the madness, lies extreme poverty and joblessness and hopelessness of the people. Once we create jobs, once we engage the youths, believe me, this madness will evaporate,” the governor stated.
He said he believed the issue of Boko Haram would be a thing of the past within the next two years.