Pres­i­dency up­beat about NDE Abuja Skills Cen­tre

Daily Trust - - LABOUR - By Fran­cis Okeke

The Pres­i­dency has ex­pressed op­ti­mism that the Model Skills Ac­qui­si­tion Cen­tre of the Na­tional Direc­torate of Em­ploy­ment (NDE) in Kuduru District, Bwari Area Coun­cil, Abuja will cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment for the pri­vate sec­tor to thrive.

Spe­cial Ad­viser to Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan on Per­for­mance, Mon­i­tor­ing and Eval­u­a­tion Prof Sylvester Monye, who in­spected the cen­tre weekend, lauded the NDE for build­ing the place with a rea­son­able amount of money.

“I am most im­pressed that we have a cen­ter of this mag­ni­tude in the FCT. Sec­ondly is the con­cept it­self that have a holis­tic pro­vi­sion for skills ac­qui­si­tion and de­vel­op­ment and the third com­po­nent which is new is the full board­ing res­i­den­tial train­ing fa­cil­ity.

“But be­yond that, what I find dif­fi­cult to be­lieve is the cost. The cost is less than N200 mil­lion for the en­tire in­fra­struc­ture and the build­ings. You have res­i­den­tial unit, you have work­shop, you have train­ing fa­cil­ity and you have a huge ad­min­is­tra­tive build­ing. It is truly un­be­liev­able,” Monye said.

Speak­ing on what the cen­tre will achieve, he said “first of all we have dis­cov­ered that over the years per­haps we over con­cen­trated on the white col­lar jobs seek­ers. This is like go­ing back to the ba­sics. The job of govern­ment is to pro­vide en­abling en­vi­ron­ment for the pri­vate sec­tor to thrive.

“We are in­ter­ested in pri­vate sec­tor people mak­ing money. But the only way they can make money is if we pro­vide the en­abling en­vi­ron­ment. If you are an em­ployer of labour and you dis­cover that you don’t have people to em­ploy, then there is a prob­lem. If you have grad­u­ates that are not em­ploy­able, then there is a prob­lem. So, our job as govern­ment is to cre­ate that source that those who cre­ate jobs re­quire.”

Ex­plain­ing the ra­tio­nale for build­ing the cen­tre which is one of five the direc­torate is con­struct­ing in the coun­try, NDE Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Mal­lam Abubakar Mo­hammed said “we have made a par­a­digm shift in tak­ing own­er­ship of the train­ing, stan­dard, cur­ricu­lum and out­put.

“In achiev­ing our aim at en­sur­ing high stan­dard of our trainees, the direc­torate is in dis­cus­sion with the Na­tional Board for Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Na­tional Board for Busi­ness Ed­u­ca­tion with the aim of award­ing cer­tifi­cates.”

Cen­tre will have au­totronic, weld­ing, GSM re­pairs, elec­tri­cal in­stal­la­tion and main­te­nance, poul­try, fish­ery, ir­ri­ga­tion and food pro­cess­ing de­part­ments.

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