In this piece, SAM TYAV writes that the Taraba State Government is partnering with relevant agencies such as the National Directorate of Employment, NDE, to tackle unemployment in the state.
Those conversant with the unemployment data in Nigeria have insisted that more than 70 percent of Nigerians are unemployed. This means that the percentage of the working population is negligible. Available statistics clearly indicates that there are more dependants in the country which can genuinely be put at 300 million people.
This unarguably is the reason why there is always outcry when salaries are delayed. This means those affected are not just the workers, but all the dependants of the working population which are several times more than the actual workers.
It is for the purpose of reducing unemployment in the country that the federal government, as well as other tiers of government have continued to encourage Nigerians to take to agriculture. This is a deliberate attempt to address the challenges of unemployment. The government has come out with agricultural policies and facilities to encourage people to take to farming. The primary aim is to make Nigerians self reliant. Many citizens are already proud beneficiaries of these employment policies.
Also for the purpose of employment, the federal government has introduced another scheme, the National Directorate of Employment, NDE, with the sole aim of training youths to become self employed. A good percentage of university graduates have benefited from this initiative and they no longer complain of lack of jobs. They are doing well in the various trades in which they acquired their trainings.
One Nguher Achagh, a lady who got trained in welding and fabrication, disclosed that her vocation was strange to most of her mates, as she was learning a trade supposedly meant for the male gender. She told Nigerian Pilot that as a welder, she no longer disturbs people for financial assistance, even as she assists her parents in their financial challenges.
As part of efforts to reduce unemployment in the country, the federal government through the Federal Ministry of Communication and Technology in partnership with the Taraba State Government organised a training workshop in which 3,000 youths from the state attended. The training was aimed at preparing participants mostly youths on how to access jobs online and use Information and Communication Technology, ICT, to eke out a living.
While speaking at the opening ceremony held at the Taraba State University auditorium, the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Alhassan Hamman, disclosed that the programme was in line with Governor Darius Ishaku’s determination to create jobs for the youths. He noted that they would benefit maximally from the training.
ICT, the commissioner noted is ruling the world and urged participants to take the training very seriously, even as he stressed that with ICT, they stand to make between $1,000 and $4,000 monthly.
Hamman maintained that the state government is ready to do more for the people, adding that plans are ongoing to develop the capacity of youths in order to meet the challenges of the information world. He called on youths in the state not to hesitate to embrace the programme which would not only make them self reliant, but comfortable Nigerians whose stories have changed.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr. Amos Wamai, reiterated the determination of the state government to provide jobs for the youths, adding that the programme was aimed at creating a platform for participants to access jobs online and make a living using ICT.
According to him, “With the advent of technology, there is need to train youths to be abreast with the challenges of information and communication technology and this is what we are doing in partnership with the federal government to make our youths useful to themselves and the society.”
Wamai, who urged the participants to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the government to learn skills that would help them in their endeavours, noted that people with the relevant knowledge on ICT were already benefiting from it.
Given the efforts of the government in the provision of employment and to make Nigerians self reliant, it is hoped that if the tempo is maintained more Nigerians would benefit and the dependency ratio would also reduce.