…As ESI partners Dudley College UK on Skills acquisition
Nigeria’s Minister of transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has said Buhari-led federal government is doing everything possible to eradicate unemployment.
Chibuike said this when a delegation from Dudley College of Technology, United Kingdom in partnership with the Empowerment Support Initiative (ESI) paid him a courtesy visit at his residence in Abuja.
He said “Let me first welcome you to Nigeria and say to you that the Government of Nigeria is doing everything possible to eradicate unemployment, we are creating jobs and engaging the youth at various levels of skills acquisition. We have improved on our railway transportation and you can imagine the number of youth that have been engaged in the project, same thing in other sectors.
He continued “When I was a governor, I insisted on free education, because I believe that is the key,” he said.
Leader of the delegation, Chidi Obilor, Nigeria Team Leader, Dudley College of Technology UK, explained the institution’s partnership with Empowerment Support Innitiative (ESI), stating how the program will benefit participants.
Mr Obilor said that they were sent as delegates of the Dudley Collage of Technology, United Kingdom, and they have received a proposal from Empowerment Support Initiative, through the founder, Dame Judith Amaechi, where she wants to have skills acquisition exchange program with an establish recognize awarding Institution in the United Kingdom. Her main purpose is to train the next generation on professional crafts and provide the competent skill to be able to fit in the challenge of 24th century in construction engineering.
“Looking into her proposal she made emphasis and requested that she wants people from her region to be empowered. During the graduation ceremony we will find time to present all the details of her approach, especially her passion for the youth, women and less privileged.”
In her speech Mrs Amaechi told the audience that she came from where some of the youths are not able to carry out top finishing skills in the area of tailoring, bricklaying and the normal traditional construction site jobs, and for that reason the youth has been short changed in many projects taking place in Nigeria especially projects with new and complex infrastructure. She said would want to train the youths and give them certification as most of them are very intelligent and hardworking they have the skills but don’t have certificate to prove the are competent in their areas.
She also expressed desire to include a UK occupation standard qualification that will give the youths access to direct employment within and outside the country, so that they will have wider job opportunities.
Commenting, a member of the delegation from Dudley College said this is my first time in Nigeria. I am here for ESI program to teach electrical finishing skill to the students. I’m also here to impact some UK studies which I think will improve the way they do their job here in Nigeria.