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Skills acquisition: NPA MD advocates vocational training for youth, bags award

Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, Queen Hadiza Bala Usman, has advocated the provision of adequate vocational training for the youths of Nigeria by all tiers of government in order to equip them with skills needed for gainful employment, T & T News reports.

Usman, who bagged an ‘Award for outstanding Leadership in Public Sector Transparency and Open budget System’ also made case for the establishment of more vocational training institutions so as to accommodate many youths who are willing to acquire skills that will make them self-employed.

In a statement obtained by T & T News from the Head, Corporate & Strategic Communications, Nigerian Ports Authority, I.S. Nasiru,, the Managing Director made the call while contributing to a national discourse on youth employment organized by Daar Communications Plc, owners of African Independent Television (AIT), in Abuja recently.

Tagged: Youth Unemployment: A time bomb? as part of activities marking DAAR Awards 2017, which had Mrs. Seinye Lulu Briggs as keynote speaker and Professor Akpan Ekpo as the Chairman of the occasion.

Queen Hadiza Bala Usman commended the keynote speaker for her detailed description of the youths in Nigeria and noted that it is a gross misconception to regard a Forty (40) year old person as a youth because at that age, they are no longer vulnerable.

While stressing for local, states and federal government to utilize and appreciate the youths which she said constitute 70% of the Nigerian population, she called for enactment of policies that will help the youths actualize their dreams.

She asserted further that it is not possible for government to employ all youths, but that government should provide policies and Legal Framework that can promote the manufacturing sector which can provide employment for the youths.

The Managing Director advised government to look into the entertainment of the film industries, citing the case of the United States of America (USA) where about 600 companies created employment for the population, pointing out that this will provide solution to youth’s restiveness.

Finally, she urged government to explore sports sector of the economy, which she described as very huge, noting that militancy, Boko Haram are products of youth neglect, and that the sports sector is an area that will also provide veritable employment for the youths.


About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.