Unemployment: Ekweremadu Urges FG, States to Invest in Vocational Training Programmes

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Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu

Irked by the increasing rate of unemployment in the country, the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu at the weekend in Enugu asked the federal and state governments to invest in vocational training and skill acquisition programmes in order to meaningfully engage the youths.

Speaking at the inauguration of a vocational training institute, Learn and Work European Vocational School in Enugu, Senator Ekweremadu said the unemployment rate had remained high because of the failure of government to come up with progressive and pragmatic strategies to resolving the challenge.

The European Vocational School is designed to train young people in different skills including web design, plumbing, tailoring/dress making and home nursing among others. The training is packaged to last for six months or 320 hours after which graduates are presented with graduation certificates. The institute, which has Ekweremadu as its promoter, is being managed by the CEPU Education Group, Italy.

Ekweremadu decried a situation where the nation’s tertiary institutions graduate thousands of ‘unemployable people’ annually, noting that the vocational training school had been packaged to fill the yawning gap in the system.

“It’s really unfortunate that we have engineers that can’t construct anything; we have technicians that can’t fix anything; we have plumbers who are just disasters,” he lamented.

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  • henry price

    comrades throughout Buntu (negroid) Africa there is a desperate need to develop skill personnel able to move living conditions forward on a world class level. It is to modern living sake to create such personnel as soon as possible thereto providing for Africa to perform world class building actions etc. at a cost favorable to completing those actions. Longer we wait to develop personnel more it is going to cost to develop that personnel with massive amount of construction needed in Africa soon to become unaffordable to do to degree needed. It is smart to develop needed personnel now or as soon as humanly possible. Stupid is what stupid do. Stupid have ruled Africa long enough. It is time for Buntu to return to disposition they had when they were People of Books. We were so great much of world now wish to ignore or/plus deny we existed. Very much sincere, Henry Author (People of Books) Price Jr. aka Obediah Buntu IL-Khan aka Kankan aka Gue.