The Minister of State, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Amb. Mariam Yalwaji Katagum has urged government agencies to enter Public Private Partnership (PPP), in order to create decent jobs for unemployed Nigerians.
According to the minister, PPP’s would also resolve the protracted challenges associated with unemployment and reduce poverty while also providing a foundation for more robust and inclusive economic growth.
The Minister, noted at the Industrial Training Fund-Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) Technical Skills Development Project (TSDP) stakeholders dialogue forum Tuesday in Abuja that despite the commendable achievements of the ITF/NECA TSDP, there is still room for improvement.
Amb Katagum said the ITF/NECA Technical Skills Development Project (TSDP) – has the potential to address some of the numerous challenges confronting the country.
Speaking, the Director General/Chief Executive of the ITF, Sir Joseph Ari said the initiative is a response to the outcome of a joint survey of “Contemporary Manpower Requirement in the Nigerian Economy”, carried out by ITF and NECA.
He said the survey among others revealed skills mismatch and shortages in many sectors of the economy leading to underemployment, unemployment and poverty.
He further explained that the project was therefore conceived with the primary objective of promoting the availability of manpower with appropriate technical and vocational skills to meet identified needs of industries and the country.
In his presentation, Director General, Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), Mr Adewale -Smatt Oyerinde said the International Labour Organization (ILO) “World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends in 2022”, revealed global unemployment rate is currently projected at 207 million in 2022 surpassing its 2019 level by 21million.