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Soludo calls on stakeholders to help tackle unemployment in Anambra

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Soludo calls on stakeholders to help tackle unemployment in Anambra

Gov. Charles Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State has called on all stakeholders to help tackle unemployment, anti-social activities, insecurity and other challenges in the state.

Soludo made the call on Thursday at the closing ceremony of the 2021 National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP) of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) in Awka.

Represented by the state Commissioner for Youth Development, Mr Patrick Mba, the Governor noted that impacting skills on youths remained the solution for Nigeria.

He said the state had a youth population of 65 percent, adding that a data bank was being created to rightly engage the Anambra youths.

Commending the ITF for its efforts in skill development, Soludo assured that his administration would collaborate with the agency to ensure that more youths got trained.

Also, Mr Joseph Ari, Director General of the ITF represented by Mrs Chioma Ogbonna, Director, Revenue Inspectorate, ITF Headquarters, Jos, said Nigeria is witnessing a youth bulge in her population.

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 Ari noted that if people of working age were engaged in productive activities, it became a huge advantage to the society, but if otherwise, it turned into a demographic bomb and social political instability.

 Ari, who reviewed ITF programmes in the last 10 years, said NISDP was initiated in 2016 to not only facilitate the achievements of the Federal Government on job and wealth creation, but breed new generation of entrepreneurs.

  Similarly, Mrs Nancy Ekong, Area Manager, ITF, Anambra , noted that 3, 530 youths from the state had been trained in some trade areas in the past 10  years.

 “In today’s ceremony, another 100 trainees who participated in the 2021 edition in two trade areas; catering/event management and plumbing/pipe fittings, would be provided with starter-up packs,” she said.

 Ekong said the beneficiaries were trained for three months during which they were supported with some stipends.

 She urged the beneficiaries to make effective use of the equipment given to them as that was their gateway to job and wealth creation.

Soludo calls on stakeholders to help tackle unemployment in Anambra

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