By Awayi Kuje
Nasarawa – The Nasarawa Skills Acquisition Centre in Nasarawa State said it had trained over 4,000 unemployed youths in different skills since its inception in 1987 to enable them to become self reliant and contribute to national development.
Mr Ibrahim Adamu, the General Manger of the centre, announced this on Friday when members of Course 26 of the National Defence College, Abuja on a study of the state, visited the centre on Friday in Nasarawa, Nasarawa Local Government Area.
He said that the government decided to establish the centre to train and empower unemployed youths with skills that would make them to become self reliant and contribute their quota to the development of the state and the country at large.
“There is high rate of unemployment in which the situation has degenerated to anti-social activities such as violent crimes, insecurity, armed robbery, drug and human trafficking.
“That is why the state government established different skills acquisition centre to train the youth so that they can also become employers of labour.
“Since the establishment of the centre in 1987, it has trained over 4,000 youths in different skills to fight unemployment, poverty, other social vices and boost the socio-economic development of the state,” he said.
“It is better for government to teach people how to fish than to give them fish to eat and I urge unemployed Nigerians, especially the youth, not to continue to wait for white collar job but to embrace skills acquisition for the overall development of the country.
He reinstated the centre’s commitment to initiate more people-oriented programmes to tackle youth unemployment, restiveness and poverty.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Dr Chijioke Wigwe, said the group was in the state to look at what the government was doing towards empowering the youth.
Wigwe, who is the Provost of National Defence College Abuja, said “we are here to study what the government is doing, to enhance and help the youth by equipping them with knowledge and skills that will prepare them to become self reliant and contribute to national development.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt that the different skills in which the unemployed persons were trained included catering, tailoring/fashion design, hair dressing, plumbing and pipe fittings, interior decoration, computer maintenance/operation, welding and catering.
This year’s topic for the study tour of the Nigeria Defence College is Youths Empowerment and National Development.