The Nigerian Government has launched a new initiative tagged ,the Nigerian Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF).
Speaking at the flag off ceremony of the framework, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, said the era where expatriates were engaged to do almost all skilled labour in the country was over.
He said the Federal government would reposition and strategically place technical and vocational education and training TVET,in proper perspective to ensure that the products of TVET institutions are able and available to perform their roles and meet the aspirations of the Nigerian economy.
The minister lamented millions of secondary and tertiary education graduates roam the streets of the country following lack of skill to be self-employed or due to unemployablity.
“It is this skill gap that has helped Make Nigerian graduates non-competitive in the global market place, and in order to progress, Nigerians must produce workforce that are skilled, efficient, highly mobile, adaptable and innovative,” he said.
He said the focus of the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, was job creation and youth empowerment, stressing that in line with the worldwide trend and demand for functional competence by the industries and employers, government would exploit TVET potential to reduce unemployment, poverty, incidence of social vices, improve the quality of life and promote peace and democracy in the country.
“It is therefore, desire of this administration to produce craftsmen, master craftsmen, technicians, technologists and professionals who do not only possess the required skills and competence but also thoroughly know and understanding of the complexities of the scientific and technological world,” he said.
The Minister said in institutionalizing the skills qualifications Framework, the ministry would prepare and pass the necessary legal framework to the Federal Executive Council for onward transmission to the national Assembly for enactment into law.
He pledged to identify the challenges facing TVET in Nigeria and develop ways of overcoming them while also ensuring that through the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, qualifications from the NSQF are incorporated into the scheme of service of the federation.
He also awarded operational licences to some bodies and sector skills councils to kick start the programme
Executive Secretary, National Board For Technical Education (NBTE), Dr Masa’udu Kazaure, whose agency developed the framework, said NSQF, was aimed at promoting lifelong learning and providing quality assurance and recognition for competence acquired in the formal, non-formal and informal sectors of the economy.
He said the board as a regulatory body also have database of every registered candidates, qualified assessors, verifiers awarding bodies and other professionals working in the framework.