The Federal Capital Territory Administration has last week graduated a total of 106 trainees who participated in the 3 months N-Power Build (N-Build) first foundation apprenticeship training.
The N-Power Build programme is a National Social Investment Scheme designed to address opportunities for earning a living by the young unemployed Nigerians while developing a qualitative system for the transfer of entrepreneurial and technical skills suitable for employment in a knowledge driven economy.
The 3 months N-Power Build (N-Build) apprenticeship training was coordinated by the Department of Science and Technology together with the Government Science and Technical College, Garki; both serving as the training centers.
In his remarks during the graduation, the Secretary for Education, Sen. Isa Maina, represented by the Acting Director of Administration and Finance for Education Secretariat, Alhaji Aliyu Gatawa said the programme is one of the numerous pragmatic initiatives of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration aimed at alleviating the endemic hardship of the citizens of Nigeria especially in the area of youth unemployment.
“Today as evident from this event, we can see that the government is proudly empowering our youths through skill acquisition and training for sustainable economic growth and development,” said the Secretary for Education.
While congratulating the graduands, he emphasized that FCT will optimize her chances in all of the 7 available programmes of the scheme and urged them to excel in their chosen careers and make the nation proud.
In her goodwill message, the Acting Director of the Department of Science and Technology, Mrs. Christiana Ibrahim expressed gratitude that the laudable effort of the Federal government is embraced by Nigerian youths.
She said there can be no better way for government to respond to the yearnings of the masses than this timely intervention in channeling the energies of the youth towards a rewarding venture such as skill acquisition.
She urged the trainees to build on what they have learnt as this is a sure way to securing their future.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Principal of the Government Science and Technical College, Garki, Mal. Mohammed Idris Ondekus who was also the Head, N-Power Build training center explained that the N-Power Build program which has 7 components is in the non-graduate category, noting that GSTC center ran 5 out of the 7 components while the Department of Science and Technology, Utako center ran 3 components.
Giving more insight, the Principal said that the 3 months training covered such areas as; Automobile, Electrical, Masonary, Plumbing/Pipe fitting as well as Welding and Fabrication. He noted that out of 156 trainees that were deployed at the commencement of the programme, 139 registered for the training but eventually, 106 completed the training. He urged them to continue to be steadfast and apply their training in more practical use even as they transit to the next stage of the programme which is the 9 months apprenticeship in their various fields.
Other dignitaries who made remarks during the graduation include the Focal Person, Social Investment Programme in the FCT, Mrs. Irene Elegbede, represented by the Coordinator, FCT Social Safety net, Mal. Garba Baba Gambo, explained that the essence of the programme is to provide the young graduates and non-graduates with skills and tools in order to enable them advance from unemployment to employment, entrepreneurship and innovation.
She said that the trainees will no doubt catalyze a productive economy as they contribute to the survival and growth of constructive and automobile industries, using local, human and material resources with the view of reducing the foreign firms in such areas and enhancing growth in the Nigerian economy.
The N-Build component of N-Power is an accelerated training and certification of (skills to job) programme meant to engage and train 75,000 young Nigerians in order to build a new generation of skilled and highly competent workforce of technicians, artisans and service professionals.
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