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Edo to partner VLISCO Group on skills acquisition programme


H12 Business Partner, Yvonne Chioke (left); Regional Director, Nigeria Cluster, Junior Ahodegnon; Director Procurement, VLISCO, Fiona Coyre; CEO, David Suddens; Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki; Commissioner for Wealth Creation, Cooperatives and Employment, Emmanuel Usoh; Commissioner for Finance, Osagie Inegbedion; Commissioner for Science and Technology, Emmanuel Agbale and Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Science and Technology, Igberaese G.O during VLISCO’s courtesy visit to Government House, Benin City<br />

• Obaseki seeks policy on capacity building for judicial workers
• 600 youths undergo employability training

The Edo State Government has expressed readiness to partner with VLISCO Group to support skills acquisition programme for youths in the state, as part of efforts to tackle the scourge of human trafficking and slavery.

Governor Godwin Obaseki, said this when the management of VLISCO, led by its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), David Suddens, paid him a courtesy visit at Government House in Benin City.

Obaseki said the goal of his administration was to empower the youths by creating an environment that would attract businesses and employment opportunities.


He said his administration would leverage on the comparative advantage of the strategic location of the state to attract investments, adding that the advantage gives the state a market size of about 60 million people.

Earlier, the CEO of VLISCO said his organisation is known for the production of Dutch wax and assured that they were looking at opportunities to expand their business.

He said the company’s vision was to grow cotton in Nigeria and export the product to Holland. He added that his group intends to build a printing mill in Nigeria that will print for Nigerian consumers, using high digital printing technology.

In related development, the Edo State government has made a strong case for the enhancement of judicial workers’ capacity in the National Policy on Justice 2017, which is currently under review.

Obaseki said this would address the capacity challenge in the judicial system with impact on the rights of Nigerian citizens and law and order.

He made the case while declaring open a two-day National Sensitisation Workshop on the National Policy on Justice in Benin City.

“The policy should address the issues of sound structures and processes for the judicial system; the need to improve capacities of judicial operators, and put into consideration the role of alternative dispute system in the country to protect the rights of citizens,” he added.

Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, who was represented by the Solicitor General of the Federation, Dayo Akpata, said the National Policy on Justice was necessitated by the absence of a policy framework to foster collaboration among stakeholders in the system.

Meanwhile, no fewer than 600 youths will be trained on employability skills during the Edo Jobs 2017 summit holding between October 31, 2017 and November 8, 2017 in Benin City.

Coordinator of the Edo Jobs 2017 Summit, Ukinebo Dare, disclosed this during an interview with journalists on the sideline of the jobs training programme, which commenced on Tuesday.

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