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Ngige reveals why Nigerian youths are not employable

According to Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, most youngsters are unemployed due to a lack of functional skills.

Ngige made the remarks when declaring open a one-day trade Job, Career, and Employability Fair in Abuja on Thursday, according to NAN.

The Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) organized the event in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO) under the topic “Promoting Employability, Skills Development, and Decent Work.”

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Ngige, who was represented by Mrs Tilda Mmegwa, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Job Creation, stated that all stakeholders must be actively involved in preparing the African workforce for the “future of work.”

According to him, the Nigerian government is aware that the majority of the unemployed lack functional skills.

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“Our strategy, therefore, is to equip the unemployed youths with market-driven skills, which will facilitate their access to self or paid employment.

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“In recognition of this reality, my ministry is keenly committed to equipping unemployed graduates with entry point competencies to make them employable.

“I am therefore happy to inform you that my ministry is scheduled to train 37,000 unemployed graduates, 1,000 in each of the states of the federation and FCT, on soft skills and marketable resumes.

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“In the coming months, we will also train 3,500 unemployed youth in various vocations including fashion design, catering and event management, solar panel and CCTV installation, among others,’’ he said.

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