Minister of Labour and Employment Sen. Chris Nigige has announced to Nigerians, particularly the youths with interest in “while collar job” that the era of such opportunity is gone, thus charging them to embrace other means of survival.
This is in addition to earlier statement credited to the Minister, warning Nigerian youths to wake up to the realities, particularly as it concerns the election promise of N5, 000 monthly stipends, saying outrightly that the federal government would not honour the promise to the youths.
The Minister, in the alternative emphasized the place of vocational skills, with an explanation that federal government will maximally utilized the vocational skills development programme of the National Directorate of Employment, NDE, towards job creation for the unskilled and unemployed Nigerian youths.
Ngige, a keynote speaker on the NDE special day at the 37th Kaduna International Trade Fair in Kaduna, said, “using the already exiting 76 NDE skills acquisition centres nationwide, and those of other Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDA, of the Federal Government including states, the vocational skills development programme of NDE will be strengthened to provide employment opportunities for the teeming unemployed Nigerian youths.
He explained that the era of white collar jobs is gone and it is the duty of Nigerians from all social strata to re-create the blue collar job which entails manual activities in the farm, mines and construction sites, and the pink collar jobs which entail services by those who have the requisite skills in painting, tile and marble laying, electrical wiring, advanced Mechatronics for automobile repairs, information communication technology services, including GSM repair and garment production amongst others.
Ngige added that his ministry collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will play a significant role in the diversification of the nation’s economy using Agricultural Skills Training Centres and Agricultural Parks operated by the Directorate across the nation to develop pool of agriculture based business men and women.
Speaking further, the Minister emphasized that the government is committed to ensuring that every facet of the Nigerian economy receives adequate attention in order to contribute maximally to the economic diversification initiative of the Federal Government.
In his words “in our quest to realize the set goals of our economic diversification, adequate planning has been made in the development of the critical sectors of the Nigerian economy, particularly in the agricultural, manufacturing, solid minerals exploitation and tourism amongst others.
“In mining we will partner with the ministry of solid minerals to convert the so called illegal miners to a formal group for decent work.”
Earlier in his remarks the NDE Acting Director General, Mr. Kunle Obayan revealed that a total of 30,774 (Thirty Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Four persons) who passed through the various vocational skills acquisition programme of the directorate are now contributing to national development, urging other Nigerian youths to embrace skills acquisition for self-sustainability.
“I wish to use this opportunity to encourage all unemployed persons to acquire skill and also take steps to become self-employed through the practice of such skill. As the Federal Government has demonstrated its commitment to job creation through the various skills acquisition programme of the National Directorate of Employment.” Obayan counselled.

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