The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) said it would continue to support UNESCO in its efforts towards skills acquisition and youth empowerment, for the overall development of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Receiving UNESCO regional director for West Africa/country representative for Nigeria, in his office, FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, promised to work with the agency to ensure refresher courses for youths already trained by the agency, under the joint venture programme.
Bello urged UNESCO to identify the youths due for refresher courses from the six area councils, adding that the identified youths would make presentations to the Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA) to ascertain the target areas for their refresher courses.
The minister called on UNESCO to liaise with the AEA, stressing that the agency has an established system to cater for training and re-training of youths in the FCT, adding that the administration was working towards the subsequent marching of the trained youths to employers of labour.
He noted that the gesture would go a long way in curbing unemployment in the FCT as those not marched immediately would be in the AEA database and queued for matching, subsequently.
Earlier, UNESCO regional director for West Africa/country representatives for Nigeria, Mr. Ydo Yao had applauded the unmatched commitment and support of the FCT minister towards human development and youth empowerment programmes in the territory.
Yao disclosed that the agency’s plans to celebrate 1,000 youths who would successfully complete the ICT training programme embarked upon by the organisation in collaboration with the administration.