The Federal Capital Territory Administration(FCTA) has urged the Nigerian youths to be committed and visionary to technological advancement and vocational skills development as the right direction towards job creation and poverty reduction.
The FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr Chinyeaka Ohaa, gave the advice at the Commemoration of the 2019 World Youth Skills Day, held in Abuja, Nigeria.
The Permanent Secretary who was represented by the Director, Tourism Development, FCT Social Development Secretariat(SDS), Mrs Maimuna Kotso, said academic pursuit, technical and vocational education would provide youths with opportunities to develop their competencies and potential for employment, job creation and poverty reduction.
He assured the residents that FCTA would sustain its commitment to the provision of enabling environment for academic pursuit, technical and vocational skills development to fast-track the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
He also implored the youths to seek information and always key into the empowerment and entrepreneurship programmes of the Federal Government.
According to him, ” the Challenges of unemployment and underemployment are the concerns of both International, National and other stakeholders in youth development.
“Realising that the future of this great country and the FCT is threatened by the growing numbers of youth who lack prospect of being able to work for a decent living.
” The FCTA has committed huge investment to the establishment of Vocational Technical Schools and a lot of Women and Youth Development Centres for the skills development of young women and men among them is FCT Ultra-Modern Youth Support Centre in Nyanya.”
The Acting Secretary, FCT Social Development Secretariat (SDS), Mrs Safiya Umar, said well-being and development of the youth who are the future leaders of the country was the centrepiece of SDS programmes and projects at all levels of governance.
The Secretary represented by the Director, Youth Development Department, SDS, Mrs Hajarat Alayande, Umar said the Secretariat was tirelessly developing strategies to equip youth with necessary skills for a successful life, thereby reducing unemployment and youth restiveness.
Mrs Alayande said: “government desire to move the country to the Next Level and youths in particular hold a premium for our development because they are demography of the nation that cannot be left unattended to.
“It is worthy of note to say that the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has given a new hope for young people with his various youths friendly programmes focused on employment, wealth creation and job opportunities to significantly reduce the challenges of poverty.”
She said that the establishment of the FCT youth support centre since 2013 was a great achievement of the FCTA, adding that the centre had trained over 5,000 youths in various economically viable skills like fashion design, Tiling, Plaster of Paris, Plumbing, Painting, Leather works and others.
The acting secretary of SDS who noted that the center has trained over five thousand youths in the last years also disclosed that the centre had trained no fewer than 215 youths on various skills acquisition programmes this year and assured that more youths would benefit from the training before the end of the year.
She encouraged the youth to embrace skills acquisition as the best way to reduce idleness and contribute meaningfully in the nation’s economic development.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Christiana Yakubu, who learned Welding and Fabrication, while thanking the FCTA for the opportunity, urged youths to develop more interest in entrepreneurship development to be self reliant.