Unemployment: FG, WFO to establish garment factory
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.”
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