FG Unveils Plans To Build Skilled National Workforce

Vice President Kashim Shettima has implored members of the reconstituted National Council on Skills (NCS) to focus more on building a skilled workforce in Nigeria.

Speaking on Wednesday when he inaugurated the Council at the Presidential Villa, the Vice President outlined the administration’s key strategies for a skilled workforce, including harmonizing skills development policies, fast-tracking the National Skills Qualification Framework, establishing funding mechanisms, and advocating for professional certification.

“A skilled nation is one that has paved its road to the future,” he stated, adding that the administration is aware of the realities the nation faces and recognizes the monumental tasks that lie ahead for the NCS.

VP Shettima also highlighted the NCS’s role as a driving force for skills development in Nigeria, saying “since its inception in 2019, the National Council on Skills has emerged as a pivotal force in providing policy direction for our skills ecosystem”.

He further announced the addition of two new members to the council – the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Technical, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Education and the Chairman of the Committee of Sector Skill Councils in Nigeria. “This underscores our commitment to addressing challenges head-on,” Shettima explained, noting that the Tinubu administration is dedicated to supporting all stakeholders in the skills ecosystem.

Pledging to address the lack of standardization and regulation currently hindering the sector’s full potential, the VP said, “Central to this commitment is the recognition of the informal sector’s substantial contribution to our nation’s GDP. Our aim is to cultivate a skilled workforce capable of contributing to both national and international endeavors.”

The Vice President also emphasized the importance of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as the fourth pillar in the administration’s action plan. He urged the council members to actively engage in discussions and collaborate to develop a comprehensive action plan. “We must establish robust monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to track our progress.

May our deliberations be fruitful, and may we emerge stronger and more united in our resolve to uplift the skills landscape of our beloved nation,” the VP added.

Earlier in his presentation at the 3rd meeting of the Council, the Minister of Education  and first Vice Chairman of the body, Prof. Tahir Mamman briefed the meeting on the activities of the Council and important issues of note, especially the proposed establishment of Skills Centres across the country and the planned National Policy on Vocational Skills Development, among others.


Tunde Alade

Tunde is a political Enthusiast who loves using technology to impact his immediate community by providing accurate data and news items for the good of the country.

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