Un­em­ploy­ment: FG, WFO to es­tab­lish gar­ment fac­tory

Daily Trust - - LABOUR -

The Federal Govern­ment has ex­pressed its readi­ness to col­lab­o­rate with World Fash­ion Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WFO) to cre­ate jobs and em­power women and youth.

The Min­is­ter of Tourism, Cul­ture and Na­tional Ori­en­ta­tion, Chief Edem Duke ex­pressed con­fi­dence that the part­ner­ship would go a long way to ad­dress youth un­em­ploy­ment in view of the enor­mous po­ten­tials that were in the coun­try’s fash­ion in­dus­try.

He said the part­ner­ship will lead to the es­tab­lish­ment of a gar­ment man­u­fac­tur­ing plant in Nigeria, in ad­di­tion to the pro­posed World Fash­ion Univer­sity.

Duke, who was speak­ing when he played host to the del­e­ga­tion of the World Fash­ion Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WFO) led by its Pres­i­dent, Paco De Jaimes, in Abuja ex­plained that the de­sire of govern­ment to pro­mote cul­ture and fash­ion was burnt out of its strug­gle to take the coun­try be­yond oil.

Ear­lier, Jaimes said the aim of the World Fash­ion Week was to show case the coun­try as leader of African fash­ion in the con­ti­nent, adding that, it would con­trib­ute to ed­u­ca­tion and eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment for the people. Trust­fund Pen­sions Plc over the weekend or­gan­ised a sen­si­ti­sa­tion sem­i­nar for its cus­tomers in Kaduna State on best pen­sion prac­tices and how to pre­pare for stress-free re­tire­ment.

Those who at­tended the sem­i­nar in­cluded re­tirees or en­rollees of Trust­fund who asked ques­tions that were an­swered by se­nior staff of the com­pany.

Re­gional Man­ager North 1 of the com­pany Mo­hammed Sani Mustapha said the need to keep Nige­ri­ans abreast of prod­uct lat­est hap­pen­ings in the pen­sion in­dus­try and par­tic­u­larly the ac­tiv­i­ties of Trust­fund ne­ces­si­tated the sem­i­nar. Re­tirees and work­ers about to re­tire from Kano, Bauchi, Taraba, Borno, Adamawa Ji­gawa, Kaduna, Zaria, Katsina, Zam­fara, Sokoto and Kebbi at­tended the sem­i­nar.

Mustapha said “cre­at­ing aware­ness is one of the key fac­tors through which you gin­ger the people to par­tic­i­pate in the scheme. We at Trust­fund Pen­sion are do­ing advertisement very much. We are do­ing advertisement all over: ra­dio, tele­vi­sion and news­pa­pers and through fo­rums. Equally, at our busi­ness de­vel­op­ment level, we or­ga­nize fora where al­most all the seg­ments of the em­ployed in the coun­try are en­light­ened on re­tire­ment.”

How­ever, said a ma­jor chal­lenge is get­ting state gov­ern­ments to key into the scheme, stress­ing that “if the states govern­ment are able to key in you will found out that ev­ery­one will come in. Apart from Ji­gawa and in some essence Kaduna, vir­tu­ally all the states in North 1 re­gion are not key­ing into the scheme.

“As it is now, it is only those people at the pri­vate sec­tor and the Federal Govern­ment that are re­ally par­tic­i­pat­ing in the scheme. But if the state govern­ment key into the scheme, then it can cover each and ev­ery worker.”

Engr. Iliya Duniya, a par­tic­i­pant at the train­ing pre­par­ing to re­tire, and a staff of a Non Gov­ern­men­tal Or­ga­ni­za­tion in Kano, com­mended Trust­fund for or­gan­is­ing the sem­i­nar, “for those of us that might not have been plan­ning to be­gin to put it in proper per­spec­tive.”

PHOTO:

From left: Na­tional Chair­man, Petroleum Tankers Driv­ers (PTD) As­so­ci­a­tion, Com­rade Ti­mothy Ogbu; Group Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, (Re­tail and Mar­ket­ing), MRS Hold­ings Limited, Mr Musa Ya­haya and the Corps Mar­shal, FRSC, Mr Osita Chi­doka, at the open­ing of PTD’s 3rd na­tional del­e­gates con­fer­ence in Abuja re­cently.

By Fran­cis Okeke

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