Written by Godfrey AKON

Unemployment: FG moves to bridge skills gaps

As part of efforts to tackle the rising wave of unemployment across the country, the federal government has flagged off the Nigerian Skills Qualification Framework, NSQF, to bridge the skills gap among youths.

Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, who flagged off the framework in Abuja, said government intends to reposition technical and vocational education and training, TVET, institutions to ensure that products of the institutions meet the yearnings of the nation’s economy.

Adamu said the ministry, in response to the 21st century trends and demand for functional competencies by industries, aims to utilise the potentials in TVET to reduce unemployment, poverty and social vices as well as improve the quality of life among citizens and promote peace.

"We intend to strategically place technical and vocational education and training, TVET, in proper perspective to ensure that the products of TVET institutions are able and available to perform their roles and meet the aspirations of the Nigerian economy.

“It is therefore the desire of this administration to produce craftsmen, master craftsmen, technicians, technologists and professionals who do not only possess the required skills and competencies but also thoroughly know and understand the complexities of the scientific and technological world,” he said.

The minister, who also handed operational licenses to bodies and sector skills councils to kick start the programme, called for the restructuring of Nigeria’s technical training and assessment processes to meet the emerging needs of a highly competitive changing global economy.

Adamu further assured that the ministry will prepare and pass the necessary legal framework to the Federal Executive Council for onward transmission to the national Assembly for enactment into law.

Earlier, the Executive Secretary of National Board for Technical Education, NBTE, Dr Masau’da Kazaure, observed that the nation started suffering skill challenges after the 3rd national development plan when emphasis was shifted from competency to paper qualifications.

Kazaure said the framework is designed for the development, classification and recognition of skills, knowledge, understanding and competencies acquired by individuals, irrespective of location, mode or type of training.



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