Gov. Abiola Ajimobi Emphasized Technical Skills as Keys For Human Development
The Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi has emphasised the need for technical skills acquisition as the only key for human and manpower development. He made this statement while receiving the Minister of State for Niger-Delta Affairs, Prof. Daramola Claudius, who paid a courtesy visit on him at his Agodi Governor’s Office.
Ajimobi, represented by his deputy, Otunba Moses Adeyemo, said with the labour market so uncertain and saturated, people looking for employment are not finding things easy. But tertiary institutions in the country keep churning out thousands of graduates every year, who have to compete with seasoned professionals for jobs that are simply not there.
“So, what some parents are doing is to equip their children by encouraging them to acquire some skills on the side. The idea is that, with such skills, which are often non – academic, these children will not have to depend solely on white – collar jobs that are non -existent in the future.”
He further said investment in technical education was a sure way to solve unemployment problems in the country.
The governor maintained that technical education would impact some skills in the youth which would enable them to become self-reliant.
Noting that the youths needed technical know-how that would sustain them in life because the era of waiting for non-existent white collar jobs was over, Ajimobi stated: “When you train people in some technical areas and they have skills, they can use them to develop themselves. This will help them to be self-reliant.”
Earlier in his remark, the Minister of State for Niger-Delta Affairs, Prof. Daramola Claudius disclosed that they were in Ibadan for the graduation of two hundred and forty participants that participated in a four-week skill acquisition programme organised by the Federal Government for the unemployed youths.
According to him, the skill acquisition training programme was one of the programmes established by the Federal Government to train youths and women who were jobless so that they would be self-reliant after the training.
Probably some of them will be employing other people to assist them and this one will attract our boys and girls roaming the streets because they be able to cater for themselves and their families.
Prof. Claudius hinted that the government had already mobilised and even paid them in line with its commitment to make employed youths to be productive.
“We have just come for the graduation, but we have put a mechanism in motion that will be going round to monitor how far they have gone about the money given to them,” he added.