By G9ija

The Permanent Secretary of FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola, said this on Thursday at the commemoration of the 2021 World Youth Skills Day organised by the FCT Department of Mass Education in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared every July 15, the World Youth Skills Day.

The Day was earmarked to create awareness on the importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship.

The theme of the Day is “Reimaging youth skills’’.

Adesola said that the investment in education and infrastructural development would also assist in creating robust platform for technological innovation to empower youths who are productive through quality education and skills development.

“It is worthy of note to mention that education and training are central to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda, which is fully captured by SDG 4.

“The Goal is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, the acquisition of technical and vocational skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship.

“It also ensures the elimination of gender disparity and ensuring access for the vulnerable.

“In this context, therefore, Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is expected to address the multiple demands of economic, social and environmental nature.

“This can be achieved by helping youths and adults develop the skills they need for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship.

“It can also be achieved by promoting equitable, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and supporting transitions to green economies and environmental sustainability,’’ FCTA scribe said.

According to him, the FCT Administration has in place 13 Goals, to fast track the actualisation of  effective service delivery.

“In this regard, Goal 12 of the FCT Agenda calls for active collaboration with the Private Sector to create a large number of well-paying jobs for Nigerian youths.

“Goal 13 emphasises implementation of strategy towards the realisation of Mr President’s June 12, promise to take 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next ten years,’’ said.

Alhaja Hajarat Alayande, the Director, FCT Department of Mass Education, reiterated the department’s commitment towards the educational advancement of Nigerian youths and persons with special need.

Alayande said that “Never too late to learn’’ motto of the department signified the importance of continuous education for all to promote a literate and prosperous society.

“The facilities for effective literacy programmes, nomadic and adult education and women education, integrated Quranic education and all forms of non formal education are available in the Department.

“This is giving the FCT residents a second chance to become productive citizens who will compete favourably with their counterparts across the globe,’’ she said.

However, some facilitators of the Vocational Training Centres, under the FCT Department of Mass Education, lauded the Department for upscaling the centres with training equipment.

Mr Dennis Kwanbe, a facilitator at the Bwari Vocational Training Centre, said that previously the centre had no industrial machine for electrical and electronic training but it was provided by the Department.

Mrs Esther Malgwi, a Facilitator at the Tailoring Vocational Training Centre, Abuja Municipal Area Council, stressed the need to improve the provision of the number of tailoring machines in the centre.

Malgwi, who said that the centre had to pair students to use one machine, added that it had no industrial machine for designing.

She called on the FCTA and philanthropists to support the graduating students with tailoring machines to start off their businesses as some of them faced financial challenges to practice their works.