Mr Olusegun Aganga, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, has blamed lack of relevant skills for the high unemployment in Nigeria.
Speaking at the opening of the 19th Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Biennial National training Conference in Calabar, Aganga said there are abundant job opportunities in the country contrary to widely held opinions.
He said for a country like Nigeria attracting so much investment, “there are jobs everywhere, but there is a dearth of people equipped with relevant skills to handle them.
“We have not been able to ensure relevant skills are acquired. For instance we have a lot of construction going on in the country today, but how many electricians do we have?”
While commending the ITF for their efforts so far, he reminded them the onus was on them and other relevant agencies to deal with the situation.
He emphasized the need to fill the skills gap, urging training to be tailored according to the needs of states in the country.
Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, chairman of the governing council of ITF, said the conference was organised to bring contemporary human capital development issues to the fore and in addition, to use the outcomes of the deliberations to shape policy directions in relation to training and manpower development in the nation.
Professor Longmas Wapmuk, director-general of ITF, said they remained committed to achieving the objectives of the transformation agenda of the federal government through skills acquisition.
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