The Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Amb. Mariam Yalwaji Katagum said President Muhammadu Buhari administration has created enormous opportunities for Nigerian youth to become productive in employment and entrepreneurship through the collaborative project of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) tagged “ITF-NECA Technical Skills Development Project (TSDP).”
The Minister made the commendation while speaking as the Special Guest of Honour at the TSDP Stakeholders’ Dialogue Forum and Awards Ceremony at selected locations nationwide on Friday.
The Minister noted that 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 was quoted in a statement signed by the Ministry’s Assistant Director Press, Mrs. Oluwakemi Ogunmakinwa, to have 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 noted 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 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.