FGN Commence Training of South South Youth in Batches

The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) has commence the training of South South youth in batches.

The Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Minister of Labour and employment, noted that the training is a nationwide programme to promote skill development majorly targeting the youth, in the South South region as the first beneficiary.

The Nigeria Minister of Labour and employment, Festus Keyamo disclosed that the programme would train youth of the South South region in “targeted trades, which are in line with the Skill demands available in the region, with a view to creating employers out of them. “The programme is organized in batches to accommodate an expected large turnout of participants and to increase its coverage and impact in the region.”

According to Festus Keyamo, the nationwide training would also “provide relevant information, resources and incentives for the development of skills, entrepreneurship and enterprises necessary for national growth.

“The intervention programme seeks to complement and boost the conventional skills development trainings available at our existing centres nationwide where individuals, corporate organizations, non-governmental organizations, government and private companies send their personnel to learn skills, most of whom are gainfully employed, while others are self-employed and some employers.”

The Minister noted that such trainings would not only equip the youths with skills to make a living, as well as create employment for others, but would also lure them away from social vices and crimes. Keyamo stated that the initiative resonated with government’s commitment to ensuring youth inclusiveness in its plans and programmes.

He further noted that “formal employment has proven to be insufficient, giving rise to an increase in informal employment, which is largely considered as the driving force of most developing countries’ economies. This in clear terms necessitates the need for schemes that will equip the youth with specialized skills to empower them for gainful employment both in the formal and informal markets.”

The director Skills Development and Certification Department South South Zonal Headquarters, Ehigbai Iziren, highlighted that the Federal Government’s deliberate engagement of the youth in that zone, on quality trainings, skill acquisition and employment would effectively improve the growth and development of that region. He commended the Federal Government for taking such a bold initiative to address the rising youth unemployment situation in that region.

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