African Development Bank, ADB, has stressed the urgent need for the federal government to embark on massive vocational and entrepreneurial training of Nigerian school-age youths, as a long-time government policy.
ADB said this had become imperative in view of the downward trend in government’s likely inability to provide white-collar jobs for its growing population especially the youths.
The bank disclosed this recently at the official commissioning of a multi-million naira Business Development Center BDC it dominated to management of the Federal Science and Technical College, Orozo-Abuja and represented by Dr. Ebele Nwofor its Senior Project Manager.
ABD noted that Nigeria should borrow a leaf from emerging technology-driven nations of the world which had de-emphasized paper qualification, now moving towards entrepreneuarialship as a means of attaining self-reliance among their youths.
Nwofor urged that FSTC Orozo-Abuja having demonstrated willingness to embrace entrepreneurial skills among its students should be given all necessary supports by the federal government, in line with global initiatives of creating job creators rather than job-seekers.
She noted that as parts of ADB’s skill acquisition initiatives in Nigeria, the project which started in 2007 had touched on the lives of many Nigerian youths particularly those who passed through the federal government specialized technical colleges.
Chairman of the occasion and PTA Chairman of the College, Bar Peter Oriaran equally admonished fellow parents to liberate their wards from chains of poverty by encouraging them to embrace technical and vocational skills through the various ADB assisted projects.
Principal of the college, Mrs. Obiageli Ihekwaba in her remark thanked ABD for the laudable partnership adding that ‘‘in the short run, the BDC shall serve as a center to showcase the students’ talents, skills acquired and the products to FCT residents and to the entire public desirous of the products fabricated and made available at BDC, FSTC Orozo.’’
Items produced and exhibited by the students included: bathing soaps, furniture, clothes, iron door and window frames, blocks and concrete tiles, shoes and other leather works.


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