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Lagos tasks youths to bridge skills gap in economy

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• Nigerians want middle-aged presidential candidates
Lagos State Government yesterday challenged youths to acquire technical and vocational education to bridge existing gap in skill to grow the economy.

Executive Secretary, Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board, Mrs. Omolara Erogbogbo, who spoke during at an interactive session on advocacy for technical education in Ikeja, said availability of technically-acquainted youths would amount to economic growth through industries.

Erogbogbo said the country is yet to maximise potentials in youths due to misconception of technical schools being designed for school push-overs and drop-outs.

“The days of white collar jobs everywhere are gone. We should encourage our children, most especially youths, to learn technical skills. Only technical skills will thrive in this present day economy and that is when our industries have personnel to improve on productivity,” she said.

She said the need to empower youths with technical skills inspired government activities of providing job-related skills to prepare them for work life experience and relative knowledge for students seeking admission to tertiary institutions.

The executive secretary, who noted that industries in Lagos lack enough technical personnel, urged parents, guardians and school leavers to embrace technical education as a sure bet for employment.

In another development, although President Muhammadu Buhari has begged the country’s youths not to contest against him in 2019 shortly before signing the Not Too Young To Run Bill into law, 64 per cent of Nigerians are likely to vote for middle-aged presidential candidate in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.

The NOIPolls, “a country-specific polling service in the West African region, in technical partnership with Gallup (USA) to develop opinion research in Nigeria” in partnership with Business Day Media highlighted the perceptions of Nigerians on age preference in the 2019 presidential election.

The findings of the organisation revealed that in almost half of those interviewed, 48 per cent expressed their preference for middle-aged presidential candidates while 64 per cent said they would prefer to vote for a presidential candidate between the ages of 40 and 50.

“Respondents aged between 18 to 35 years had the larger share of Nigerians (49 per cent) who would prefer a middle-aged presidential candidate, while respondents aged between 18 and 35 years accounted for the largest proportion (37 per cent) who wanted young people to run. Those aged 60 years and above (24 per cent) preferred an elderly presidential candidate,” the NOIpolls said on website.

But despite the huge support for middle-aged presidential candidates in 2019 election, most Nigerians said financial constraints (40 per cent) would prevent young professionals from vying for elective public offices such as governorship and presidential positions.


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