Sir Joseph Ari, Director General of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) on Thursday said adequate acquisition of relevant skills by Nigerians will go a long way to address the nation’s unemployment problem.
Sir Ari, said this at a press conference on ITF-NECA Technical Skills Development Project (TSDP) and the signing of Memorandum of Understanding with participating organisations in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
TSDP, is a joint initiative by the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) designed to promote the availability of middle-level manpower with the appropriate Technical and Vocational Skills to meet the identified needs of industries in the country.
Ari, said that unemployment in Nigeria is occasioned by lack of skills acquisition and skills mismatch, adding that sometimes where job vacancies exist, there are no Nigerians with requisite and technical know-how to fill them
He said: What you are about to witness is the perfect example of how the public private partnership can work. The two body that is the Nigeeia Employers’ Constructive Association (NECA) and Industrial Training Fund (ITF) have been advocating for this country to delve into Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) but out calls have always fallen on deaf ears.
However, of recent, we have seen members of both the public and private body taking a cue and falling in line and listening to these yearnings and clarion calls from NECA and ITF.
“For the avoidance of doubt, this is the only direction to go, if we are to fix the infrastructural deficit and get our people empowered with requisite skills.
“This is what other nations in other climes have done to get to where they are and where they are now today known as the first world. The are where they are today on account of TVET and we cannot be left behind.
“Paper qualification is good but without skills you can’t fix infrastructure. Therefore, we shall continue to sing this clarion call, until all Nigerians embrace technical skills as the way to go in fixing the rots in our country.”
Speaking further on the Technical Skills Development Project, Sir Ari said the scheme has produced over 54,000 technicians in various vocations since inception twelve years ago.
He also explained that some of the trainees of the project have been provided with business start-up grants while others were linked to corporate employers for direct employment.
“From mere six participating organizations that trained and graduated 285 highly skilled technicians when it commenced in 2010, the project today boasts of having supported fifty-nine participating organizations and technical colleges with machinery and technical equipment, while also graduating 54,603 highly skilled technicians that are either employed in corporate organizations or have become entrepreneurs that are employing others,” Sir Ari said.
Ari, however, identified funding constraints, high rate of unemployed youths that the project cannot absorb, lack of awareness and infrastructural deficit as some of the challenges confronting the scheme.
Speaking on the sidelines, Director, Learning Development and Project, NECA, Celine Oni said for the 12 years the project has been on, there has been positive good results which is very evident.
She said: “This project was conceived based on lack of skills in our economy and surveys conducted by the ITF and NECA in 2009 and several other surveys therefore, confirmed the fact that we had low capacity level, lack of skills and huge unemployment in our country.
“The project rose to the call to address this issues and we decided to contribute our own bit to solving this national problem and so far we are very happy that in the twelve years of the project, they have improved results.
“Over 54,000 youths so far in the project have graduated as competent technicians that are either working in organisations currently or are running their businesses and are now Employers of labour.
Oni, further said the Memorandum of Understanding signed by 30 participating organizations is to ensure global standard training for trainees to enable them compete globally.
Nigeria to begin processing of raw gold, others — Minister
Nigeria has begun the process of refining gold, gemstones and other mineral resources in the six geo-political regions of Nigeria.
The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Mr Olamilekan Adegbite said this when he appeared on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja.
According to him, adding value to the country’s mineral resources will go a long way in creating jobs and wealth for Nigerians.
He said six plants were being set up in the various regions to process mineral resources deposited in those regions.
“We have set out to do six regional projects and one of them is the gold souk in Kano, the North West region.
“Before now, our gold was being exported in its raw form for close to nothing to foreign counter for processing and we end up buying them expensively.
“We have trained people who will make jewellery and they will be resident in the plant,” he said.
He said similar plants had been set up in the North East, Bauchi for processing kaolin, while in the North Central Kogi State was chosen for establishment of a gold smelting plant .
Adegbite also said in the South West, in Ibadan, gemstone plant had been established while in the South East, lead processing plant was established in Ebonyi.
The minister said in the South South region, baryte processing plant had been established, adding that “Nigeria imports baryte to the tune of 300 million dollars every year.
He said the six regional projects were at advanced stage of completion and would be commissioned soon.
Dangote plans 300,000 fresh jobs for Nigerians
Africa’s foremost industrialist, Aliko Dangote, is optimistic that the new multibillion Naira investment in the sugar sub-sector would help provide no fewer than 300,000 jobs in Nigeria.
A statement from the Corporate Communication Department of the company, said that the Group’s President, Dangote said the company was providing fresh funds for expanding its operations in the sugar sub-sector.
Dangote, who was speaking at the Flag-off Ceremony of the 2022/2023 Crushing Season and Outgrower Scheme Awards in Numan, Adamawa, said the opportunities would include both direct and indirect jobs.
He said: “We are making massive investment in Adamawa State through expansion of DSR Numan’s sugar refining capacity from 3000tcd to 6000tcd, 9800tcd, and to 15,000tcd.
”DSR will be able to create about three hundred thousand jobs, direct and indirect, with positive multiplier effects on the economy nationwide.”
The Dangote Group is the biggest employer of labour in Nigeria outside the government.
Dangote was appointed Chairman, National Job Creation Committee in 2010 to assist the Federal Government in providing more employment opportunities for Nigerians.
The Dangote President had also announced that his company was doubling its spending on CSR schemes in host communities in Adamawa State, the location of its 32,000 hectares integrated sugar complex.
Speaking in Numan, Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, described the Dangote Sugar Refinery as the biggest contributor to the development of the sugar development effort of the Federal Government.
The Minister also commended Dangote for the massive support through his Corporate Social Responsibility scheme.
In the same vein, the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals is expected to create some 250,000 job opportunities when completed next year.
Already Dangote Cement Plc is one of Africa’s biggest job providers in the manufacturing sector.
Federal Allocation: FG, States, LGs Shared N736.8bn In October – FAAC
The Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) has distributed a total of N736.782 billion to the three tiers of government as federation allocation for the month of October 2022.
The funds are inclusive of Gross Statutory Revenue, Value Added Tax (VAT), Exchange Gain and augmentation from Non-Oil Revenue.
Of the sum, the Federal Government received N293.955 billion, the states got N239.512 billion, and the Local Government Councils got N177.086 billion, while the oil-producing states received N26.228 billion as Derivation (13 per cent Mineral Revenue).
A communiqué issued by the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) indicates that the Gross Revenue available from the VAT for October 2022 was N213.283 billion, which is an increase compared to what was distributed in the preceding month.
It also shows that the Federal Government got N31.992 billion, the states received N106.642 billion, Local Government Councils (LGCs) got N74.649 billion.
The Gross Statutory Revenue of N417.724 billion distributed was lower than the sum received in the previous month, from which the Federal Government was allocated the sum of N206.576 billion, states got N104.778 billion, LGCs got N80.779 billion, and Oil Derivation (13 per cent Mineral Revenue) got N25.591 billion.
The communiqué stated that N70 billion augmentation was distributed to the three tiers of government, including the Federal Government (N36.876 billion), states (N18.704 billion), LGCs (N14.420 billion).
In addition, another extra N30 billion augmentation from non-oil revenue was distributed with N15.804 billion allocated to the Federal Government, N8.016 billion to the states, and N6.180 billion to LGCs.
According to the FAAC, N5.775 billion from Exchange Gain was shared to the Federal Government (N2.707 billion), states (N1.373 billion), and LGCs (N1.058 billion), while Derivation (13 per cent of Mineral Revenue) got N0.637 billion.
It also revealed that Oil and Gas Royalties, Petroleum Profit Tax (PPT) and Import Duty recorded considerable decreases, while VAT, and Companies Income Tax (CIT) increased significantly, and Excise Duty increased marginally.
The total revenue distributable for the current month of October was reportedly drawn from Statutory Revenue of N417.724 billion, VAT of N213.283 billion, Exchange Gain of N5.775 billion, and N100 billion augmentation from Non-Oil Revenue, bringing the total distributable for the month to N736.782 billion.
However, the balance in the Excess Crude Account (ECA) as of November 23, 2022 is said to stand at $472,513.64.
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