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Federal Government in plans to train 370,000 artisans and employ 500,000 graduates .
Mr Afolabi Imoukhuede, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation and Youth Employment, said on Thursday that the Federal Government planned to train 370,000 artisans to boost skills development and employment generation.
Imoukhuede disclosed this during the inauguration of the Construction Skills Training and Empowerment Programme (C-STEmp) in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that C-STEmp, an initiative of J. Hausen Ltd, a construction management consultancy firm, is an accelerated skills development project to prepare eligible beneficiaries for employment as artisans in construction industry.
Imoukhuede, represented by Mr Ife Adebayo, Special Assistant on Production and Innovative, said the Federal Government also planned to employ 500, 000 graduates as teachers, to improve the educational system.
“The Federal Government has plans to train 370,000 artisans this year and to employ 500,000 graduates as teachers, because one of our key problems is on education.
“It has already been decided. We have had a fruitful discussion on it with the Vice President and relevant ministers and we are looking forward to working with the C-STEmp to achieve the goal.
The Presidential Aide said the job creation office developed a framework for job creation which included construction, agro-allied and Information Communication and Technology.
He, however, called for collaboration with the relevant government agencies and Public Private Participation to train more Nigerians in skill development.
NAN reports that the project is being supported by UK Aid, under the construction idea fund of the Growth and Employment in States (GEMs) project.
It is also collaborating with the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON) and the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB). (Daily Post)