NECA restates commitment to youth empowerment
The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) has restated its commitment to youth empowerment through technical skill development.The association submitted that with more deliberate actions by stakeholders towards ensuring Nigerian youths become equipped with the skills, they have become better positioned to find decent jobs or become entrepreneurs.
Chairman, graduation ceremony of the maiden batch of Industrial Training Fund (ITF)-NECA Technical Skills Development Project (TSDP) trainees, Taiwo Adeniyi, commended the graduates on the successful completion of the four-month digital skills programme. He said with the strides in technology over the last decade, the demand for Information Communication Technology (ICT) and digital skills are on the increase.
Adeniyi, who is also President of NECA, said the body would continue to call for action by the government and all stakeholders to urgently come together, invest and build the frameworks and sustainable models that would enormously impact the youths of the country.
Noting that the world of work and the business environment is evolving, he said the evolution brings forth opportunities for youths with the right skills, to work, grow and contribute to themselves, the standard of living of their families and the society. He charged Nigerian youths to be determined and be equipped with technical and vocational skills for national development.
The NECA boss pointed out that the ITF-NECA through the Technical Skills Development Project (TSDP) joint initiative has been empowering Nigerian youths for over 11 years in over 30 technical and vocational trade areas to meet the identified needs of industries and the country.
As a way out of the impending national and global crisis, he added that quality Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is widely recognised as having an important role to play in tackling youth unemployment and underemployment.
Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of ITF, Joseph Ari, who was represented by Training Manager, Lagos Industrial Skills Training Centre, ITF, James Fanope, disclosed that the body has collaborated with several institutions on Federal Government’s intervention programmes for skills acquisition. He admonished the graduates to take advantage of opportunities garnered during the training to make them employers’ choices.