Youth Empowerment: Abdullahi Clamours For FG, Private Sector Intervention
The Minister of State for Science, Technology Barr. Mohammed Abdullahi has called on Government and the Organised Private Sector (OPS) to initiate urgent interventions that will better the lot of the Nigerian Youths.
The Minister said this when he gave a goodwill message at the Generation Unlimited Nigeria Launch during the week in Abuja.
A statement from the ministry indicates that the Minister’s submission was based on a disturbing 2020 report by Saadia Zahidi, Managing director of World Economic Forum (WEF) that in the next five (5) years about 85million Jobs will be disrupted around the world due to lack of skills ,population, robotics, remote work .
He further raised alarm that Nigerian Youths constitute of about 65 million of the global figure, a situation that calls for great concern and action.
The minister further commended the initiatives of jobberman aimed at developing soft skills curriculum and placements to make youths employable and capable of generating employment.
Bar Abdullahi further said the Generation Unlimited platform is also aimed at creating better education, skills, employment and entrepreneur opportunities for young persons, adding that the program is at the heart of challenges facing the global youth population and believes the initiative by UNICEF would help in bridging the gap.
” The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation is willing to partner with UNICEF in this direction especially in Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) as a tool to engage the youths meaningfully ‘’ adding that the Ministry will partner with UNICEF to create sustainable and skilled youth manpower for job and wealth creation.
He commended Vice President for his untiring efforts in addressing these challenges by churning out several youths engagement programs through the economic sustainability program.