Convener of the National Political Equity Movement, Chibuzo Okereke has called for compulsory inclusion of vocational training in secondary school syllabus to reduce rate unemployment in the country.
Okereke made the call in a statement issued on Saturday in Abuja after bagging the Africa Youth Support and Community Development Award by the African Leadership and Development Academy (ALDA).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the award was also conferred on the Founder, Connected Development (CODE) Mr. Hamzat Lawal, in recognition of their efforts in the enactment of the Not-Too-Young-To-Run Act.
Okereke called on government at all levels to make available two trillion naira youth development fund to enable graduates with skills set up businesses to further grow the economy.
“There is a need to overhaul Nigeria’s educational system, we should not have a Nigerian finish junior secondary school without vocational skills he/she could deploy to contribute to our GDP.
“We can do better as a nation and I am confident Nigeria will overcome and excel. I also call on the Federal Government of Nigeria and indeed Governments at all levels to roll out a two trillion Naira youth development fund,’’ he said.
He commended the ALDA for the recognition describing it as a call for more services and dedication to youth development.
Okereke called on young people to brace up for purposeful, responsible and strategic leadership in facets of Nigeria’s national life.
The statement quoted Lawal to have appreciated the ALDA team for the recognition saying that the award will spur him to do more for youth development.
Lawal said that young people agitating for seats at the political governance table must possess skills and value to offer the country.
The awardee said they must be ready to actively participate in politics, support political aspirants with competence and value through financial and useful donations and volunteering to join campaigns.
Hamzat emphasised that one of the purposes of the Not-Too-Young-To- Run Act was to give opportunity to young people to vote for their young fellows.