By James Moses, 9News Nigeria
The Director General of the Nigerian Employers Consultative Association (NECA),Adewale -Smart Oyerinde, has debunked a popular notion that there are no available jobs in the country, nothing that the real problem is the lack of high-quality skills by prospective employees.
Oyerinde who decried the dearth of skilled manpower in the country, said there are so many job opportunities in Nigeria, but what is lacking is skilled manpower to fill those vacancies
. He urged stakeholders to work assiduously in addressing the skills gap in Nigeria.
The Director -General disclosed this in Abuja at NECA-ITF dialogue forum and trainees award held in Abuja recently.
According to him, It is important to promote technical and vocational skills development, setting the country on par with other developed nations of the world.
He said “The programme was to address the critical issue of skills as it has been said over the years that jobs are waiting, If you say there are no jobs, you are probably don’t know your valuation very well because there are jobs but no skills and as the global economy evolves.
“Now we have the ICT populating the world space. We have cloud computing dominating the world space. We have green jobs and other innovative solutions”
In her address, the Director-General of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Oluwatoyin Ogun, said the Fund has tried to reduce unskilled persons through its technical Skills Development Project which has trained and graduated 54,603 technicians who are either employed in corporate organisations or become entrepreneurs in their choose fields.