By Miriam Humbe
The Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Amb. Mariam Yalwaji Katagum has said that the ITF-NECA Technical Skills Development Project (TSDP) of the Buhari led-administration has created enormous opportunities for Nigerian youth to become productive in employment and entrepreneurship.
The Minister made this known in her remarks as the Special Guest of Honour at the ITF-NECA Technical Skills Development Project (TSDP) Stakeholders’ Dialogue Forum and Awards Ceremony at selected locations nationwide today.
The Minister explained that the ITF-NECA Technical Skills Development Project (TSDP), was conceived to tackle the challenges of unemployment, underemployment and restiveness among the youth in Nigeria by providing them opportunities to acquire requisite skills for self and national development, stating that “Since conception and in conjunction with the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), the project has created enormous opportunities for Nigerian youth to become productive in employment or entrepreneurship”.
The Minister also pointed out that “Conscious of the competing demands and pressure on the lean government purse, the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has always encouraged its Agencies to engage in Public-Private Partnership, as an increasingly effective strategy for drawing together the resources and know-how that are needed for public benefit”.
Amb. Katagum expressed delight to be part of the occasion to celebrate the achievements and impact of the ITF-NECA Technical Skills Development Project in the lives of Nigerian youth, noting that, “While familiar with the vision and mission of the Project, my participation in this ceremony has further enlightened me on the fact that the beneficiaries of the Project cut across the six geo-political zones of the country and I am most delighted that over 90 percent of these youth are immediately snapped up by Industry for employment, while others set up on their own. This attests to the high quality and standards of the training”, she stated.
She maintained that the change that the country desired was for the youth to have a better standard of living, by equipping them with requisite life skills to get them economically engaged, leading to the reduction in social vices.
The Minister commended the ITF-NECA project for the initiative and urged them to continue the good work and not relent in their efforts to build a better and more economically viable Nigeria while also congratulated the awardees for being worthy of these awards and urged them all to be diligent and focused, as they grow to become great entrepreneurs in contribution to the socio-economic development of Nigeria.