By Najib Sani, Bauchi
As part of efforts to reduce over dependence on civil service, the federal ministry of labour and productivity trains at least 200 youths randomly selected from different local government areas of Bauchi state on various technical and vocational skills every year.
The principal, vocational training centre of the federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity in Bauchi state, Famous Messa, stated this on Monday while briefing journalists on the achievements of the centre since its establishment in the state in 2008.
He explained that the program was being sponsored by the skills development and certification department of the ministry.
He noted that the program seeks to precipitate rapid industrialization and stimulate inclusive economic growth by empowering the youths to be gainfully employed through the provision of training in technical vocational skill in various trade areas, business development services and finance.
Mr Messa opined that if the country must address the current socio-economic vices plaguing the nation such as kidnappings, high profile assassination, armed robberies, religious intolerance and terrorism and so on, it should introduce more wealth creation and poverty reduction programs.
“Let me add that technical and vocational skills acquisition is indeed a veritable strategy for deploying sustainable solutions to address and redress these vices as it will facilitate the generation of a self-reliant and responsible citizenry.
“To this end, the centres natiowide require the support of federal and state governments and all stakeholders to be able to expand skills acquisition opportunity in Nigeria,” he said.