TheÂ GovernorÂ of Edo State, Mr.Â Godwin Obaseki,Â has saidÂ his administrationÂ is set to establishÂ several job incubation centres in the state to upgrade the skills of job seekers to meet the needs ofÂ theÂ present day labour market.
Obaseki said thisÂ atÂ the EdojobsÂ fair organised by theÂ state government as part of activities to markÂ the governorâ€™sÂ one–yearÂ anniversar y in office, inÂ BeninÂ CityÂ on Wednesday.
He said the job incubation centres would be located withinÂ theÂ industrial parks/estates,Â which his administration isÂ settingÂ up in the state.
â€œWe want to create several job incubation centres/hubs,Â where job seekers will be trainedÂ and employed by theÂ companiesÂ that will be located in the several industrial parks, to beÂ establishedÂ in the state. The groundbreaking of the first major industrial parkÂ in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area will be doneÂ on Saturday, and on completion, will house over 200 companies on aÂ 600–hectareÂ land,â€ the governor said.
â€œWe have also commenced the design of an industrial park and incubation centre on the premises of the Benin Technical College,Â which will house technology and dataÂ companies.Â The third industrial centre will be located at Ikpoba HillÂ area of the state and weÂ have concluded plansÂ to partnerÂ with the United Nations Industrial Development OrganisationÂ (UNIDO)Â toÂ buildÂ aÂ 2MWÂ hydro plant that will produceÂ electricity from Ikpoba River dam to power the industrial estateÂ to be locatedÂ in the area,â€ he explained.
Obaseki said that his administration would not relent inÂ formulatingÂ the necessary policies andÂ programmes that wouldÂ empower youthsÂ toÂ fit into the emerging economy that his administrationÂ isÂ creating.
â€œWe have the potential to create all we want as we have the base materials, so we have to prepare our youths to fit into these new jobs we intend to create via training,â€Â he said.
He added that his administration would also key into the emerging employment opportunies in agriculture, housing, education and health sectorsÂ to create jobs forÂ theÂ youths.
Earlier, the Coordinator of the Edo Job Summit,Â which featured the job fair, Mrs Ukinebo Dara,Â described the job fair as a success as many companies haveÂ indicatedÂ interest to employ about 100 trainees.