Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Olusegun Aganga has called on Nigerians to invest in skills development for economic diversification.
Aganga made the call during a groundbreaking ceremony of the Nigeria’s National Metrology Institute in Enugu on Tuesday.
He posited that there was high level of unemployment in Nigeria because the needed skills were not in place, adding that the country was not producing graduates who were relevant to the economy.
The minister said that the only way to reduce unemployment in the country was to identify the skills that were required in different sectors of the economy.
“The level of unemployment is high; the reason why it is high is because the skill is not there. That is why for the first time in this country we are working with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, UNIDO, to launch the first national skill survey that will identify the skills required in different sectors of economy,” he said.
He commended the Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON, for coming up with a national quality policy, saying that the only way the nation could export any product successfully was having internationally accredited laboratories.
According to him, with support of the Metrology Institute, goods to be exported would be fully certified.
The Minister of Mine and Steel, Mr Musa Sada represented by Mr Obienu Ikechukwu, added that with the support of the institute, every product certified by SON would be internationally accepted.
Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State represented by his deputy, Rev. Ralph Nwoye, promised that the state government would ensure that the institution began operation in a short distant time.
He said that the institute would complement the efforts of Enugu State to become one of the most economically developed states and to diversify its economy and commended the SON director general for his huge achievement with the few years in the organisation.
The director general of the SON, Dr Joseph Odumodu said that the establishment of the Metrology Institute was in furtherance of the three out of his six points agenda which include capacity building, global relevance and developing the competiveness of made in Nigeria products.

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