The acceptance and development of technical schools and skill acquisition centres across Nigeria has been identified as a means of reducing the high rate of unemployment and getting the country out of the economic turmoil which it has found itself in recent times.
This was made known by the Job Service Officer, John Bosco Institute of Technology Ondo, Mr Alphonsus Ucenna in an interview with The Hope in Ondo.
He revealed that Nigeria has a lot of potentials which are currently wasting because they are currently not engaged and do not have the needed technical skills to be productive on their own.
His words “From the research made and experience had so far, we have come to discover that the existence of technical and vocational schools will go a long way in helping to reduce the high rate of unemployment in Nigeria because the mindset behind the creation of these schools is to help young people acquire particular set of skills which will make them employable and self-sufficient.”
Ucenna added that the reduction in the rate of unemployment in Nigeria through skill acquisition and technical education will help drive the country towards more productivity which will affect economic growth in the country.
His words “If skill acquisition programmes are funded, technical schools are funded and young people are sensitized on the relevance of acquiring skills, our industrial growth will increase, we will not rely on foreign goods, we will produce our own goods, other countries will patronize us and we will have more foreign exchange earnings.”
Ucenna added that the lack of sufficient investment into vocational and technical education is leading to the departure of many young Nigerians to foreign countries where their potentials are utilized for the economic and infrastructural development of those countries.
Ucenna encouraged young people across Nigeria to embrace the acquisition of various skills which will not only make them have access to more employment opportunities but also giving them the needed skills which can be used to become employers of labour and contribute to the growth of Nigeria’s economy.