NECA charges youths on self-devt to tackle unemployment
The Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) has called on youths to prioritise self development as a way of curbing unemployment.
This was disclosed at NECA’s Job, Career and Employability Fair, themed “Promoting employability, skills development and decent work”, in partnership with some firms.
President, NECA, Taiwo Adeniyi, noted that job creation remains essential to the development of any nation, as unemployment doesn’t affect the individual alone but has a ripple effect on the society.
He explained that COVID-19 pandemic worsened the rate of unemployment in the country, which according to the National Bureau of Statistics, rose to 33.3 per cent as at Q4 2020.
“At NECA, rather than complain about the challenges, we have decided to contribute our quota through the support of our member companies and other platforms to continue to create platforms that will help our teaming youths to be gainfully employed while at the same time contributing to the growth and development of organised businesses,” he said.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, represented by Lagos State Controller, Nnamdi Enuah, said that to tackle socio economic challenges, especially in the world of work, there is need to support employment promotion activities and provide opportunities for the employed to develop their skills.
On what the government is doing to curb unemployment through vocational skills, he said, “the government has inaugurated the skills council under the chairmanship of the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo to retool both technical vocational education training, the digital skills entrepreneurship, among others to create jobs.
According to Enuah, every employment relation is to be predicated or built on decent work, that is, work that takes place under conditions of freedom, equity, security and dignity, in which rights are protected and adequate remuneration and social coverage are provided.
“The International Labour Organisation (ILO) maintains that ‘decent work’ has four pillars; job creation, rights at work, social protection and dialogue. Any work that is not decent is precarious and as such not encouraged within our labour administration system, “ he added.
Country Human Resource Manager, Nestle, Shakiru Lawal, said that a community cannot strive if it cannot offer employment as the future to youths.
He urged youths to prioritse investment in themselves and take advantage of volunteering opportunities.
According to Lawal, the event’s theme aligns with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal eight that talks about promoting sustained, inclusive economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all by the year 2030.
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