The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) hasreiterated its resolve towards promotion of vocational trades through continuous capacity building programme for artisans and other stakeholders in every vocation and skills necessary for the development of the Territory.
To this end, the administration through the Abuja Technological Village is creating Incubation Park, where people with strong interest and commitment for various vocational trades would develop their skills.
This was disclosed by the FCT Permanent Secretary, John Chukwu, who represented the FCT minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, yesterday, at the occasion of graduation of 227 beneficiaries of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) building capacity programme, in Abuja.
He said the Programme has created opportunities to stimulate and engage youth in FCT, obtain knowledge and skills they need to positively improve their lives and the fortunes of their communities.
According to him, the administration is not training only people in acting, as there are those being trained in tailoring, soup making shoe making and in every vocation and skill that is necessary for the growth of the economy.
He noted that, for this year, the government is training one thousand people in various vocations, to ensure more people would be self-employed, and in return employ others in the territory and the country at large.
He pointed out that the volume of the investment they going to generate from what they produce or add to the economy, would result to rising the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
“Nollywood is one industry employing some many people, and there you don’t need some much capital, all you need is your skills and capacity to be creative; and a lot of what is produced in the film industry is been exported out, and that is bringing a lot of foreign exchange into the country’s economy.
“Now, if we train workmen like the brick layers, the carpenters and plumbers, it means that our buildings are going to better; our environment is going to be neater and it is going to reduce the cost of maintenance of existing structures.
“A lot of money spent on maintaining infrastructures because we don’t have the right caliber of workmen, as everybody on the street is carrying shovel and other tools; and when you take them to site, you discover that they don’t it.
“That brings to fore the need for more vocational training and technical content in our education system; it is no more issue of I have a degree or I have this, but what can you do? That is the trend worldwide,” he emphasized.
On his part, Coordinator, FCT SURE-P, Mohammed Ari, said after the graduation of the first batch in the entertainment industries, in the next three months, it will graduate the others in Web design, computer design including tailoring, and then in another next three months, it would be the artisans.
Ari, who is also the Director of Economic Planning, Research & Statistics of the FCTA, adds, “We are going to bring all artisans together under one umbrella, to feel this vocational training, so that we build the city into a world class city.
“You cannot be plumber in FCT without first being certified as properly trained; therefore you must go through this two to three weeks training, and get registered, because before you go into somebody’s house and do a plumbing job, you must show your identification card, that shows that you are trained and qualified to the do the work.”
Earlier in his remarks, MD, Abuja Film Village International Ltd, Olusegun Oyekunle, said the beneficiaries were trained in script writing, editing, acting and production of good movies that can compete with others in the world.
He therefore urged them to explore the available grant facilities under the SURE-P, in order for them to make a mark in the industry.
One of the beneficiaries from Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Helen Yusuf, who spoke on behalf others, assured that with the training they have acquired, they are now ready to mark their mark in the entertainment and fashion world.
Peoples Daily reports that the 227 beneficiariesselected from all the six area councils of the FCT, were trained in eight different fields of entertainment, ranging from acting, dancing, music, script writing. Fashion/costume design, make-up, modeling to photography.