The Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovation (FMSTI) Mohammed Abdullahi has called on Government and the Organised Private Sector (OPS) to initiate urgent interventions in order to engage Nigerian youths make their lives more meaningful.
The Minister said this when he gave a goodwill message at the Generation Unlimited Nigeria Launch during the week in Abuja.
The Minister therefore made a reference to a disturbing 2020 report made by Saadia Zahidi who is the Managing director of World Economic Forum (WEF) that in the next five (5) years about 85million Jobs will be disrupted around the world due to lack of skills ,population, robotics, remote work etc.
The Minister further said that 85million persons globally comprises of about 65million of our Nigerian youth which is alarming and gloomy that needs to be arrested urgently. He further commended the initiatives of jobberman which is aimed at developing soft skills curriculum and placements to make our youths employable and capable of generating employment.
The Minister said the Generation Unlimited platform is also aimed at creating better education, skills, employment and entrepreneur opportunities for young persons, adding that the program is at the heart of challenges facing the global youth population and believes the initiative by UNICEF would help in bridging the gap.
In is words , ‘’the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation is willing to partner with UNICEF in this direction especially in Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) as a tool to engage the youths meaningfully ‘’ adding that the Ministry will partner with UNICEF to create sustainable and skilled youth manpower for job and wealth creation.
He further thanked the Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo for his untiring efforts in addressing these challenges by churning out several youths engagement programs through the economic sustainability program.
Press Secretary for HMoS
28th July , 2021.