Buhari’ll create jobs through vocational education, says Minister

Buhari’ll create jobs through vocational education, says Minister

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The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu has promised that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to creation of job through technical, vocational education, and with huge investment and research enhancement.

Apparently worried by the state of unemployment in the country, Adamu reiterated that with the dwindling fortunes of jobs in the formal sector, Nigerian graduates, particularly those from polytechnics and other technical schools, need to imbibe the culture of acquiring skills that could make them be employers of labour, rather than waiting for uncertainty.

The Minister stated this in Ado Ekiti last weekend during the Convocation ceremony of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, where the Emir of Lafia, Nasarawa State, Alhaji Isah Mustapha Agwai, a renowned industrialist and businessman, Mr. Remi Omotoso and Mr. Toyin Alabi, were conferred with the Fellow of Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti (FFPA), as a mark of recognition for their contributions to the development of the country.

Adamu, who said the skills and entrepreneurial studies in all the institutions of leaning will be enhanced to help Nigeria overcome the challenges of joblessness after graduation, however, charged well-meaning Nigerians and corporate bodies to help in the funding of education to be able to overcome the challenges of “underfunding, staff training and retraining, capacity building, strengthening of institutional management, as well as quality technical and vocational”.

The Minister stated that the occasional funds being provided by Tertiary Education Trust Fund, is not enough to place the country’s tertiary institutions on a rocky and reliable platform to be able to compete with other institutions in advanced climes.

Adamu, represented by the Director of Tertiary Education, Federal Ministry of Education, Hajia Damiat Abdullahi, said: “The Federal Ministry of Education and National Board for Technical Education and other stakeholders, are actively collaborating on the establishment of sector skills council, training quality assurance managers.

“Large number of unemployed youths are earning their living within the informal sector. This informal economy, which composed of a large segment of the urban population is indeed earning a living by providing essential services, including skilled labour in construction, repair and trading.

“As you aware, job creation in the formal sector of the economy is not growing in proportion to the population. Government has therefore refocused on technical vocational education and training towards the possibilities of going into self-employment as a viable alternative”.

In her speech, the Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr. Theresa Akande, who assured that the Polytechnic will continue to strive to offer quality and all-encompassing education for graduates to be able to operate under the present economic situation, begged the graduands to shelve nefarious and anti-social activities like cultism, militancy, insurgency and political brigandage that could derail their plans toward achieving greatness in life.

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