About 500 girls were yesterday, inducted into the Girls Auto Squad, (GAS) a project of the Girls-centred Mechanical Engineering Advocacy, under the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Speaking at the function in Abuja yesterday, the national chairman, Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Engr. Robinson Ejilah said the National Bureau of Statistics recently published a very troubling and rising number of unemployed Nigerians of over 16 million saying that to reverse this trend, there is the need to create at least four million jobs yearly for the next four years.
“It is also reported that the labour force participation rate of women was 6.3 per cent lower than men and this points to the fact that more men are engaged in productive level than women on the national average. It is in this light that girls auto squad is being put together principally to address the problem of skill shortage in the economy and also provide solutions to the challenge of youth unemployment by building the capacity of girls and young women through productive skill acquisition to enable them realise their potentials to create wealth and grow the nation through SMEs; and also ameliorate the challenges of criminality and the social vices among youths,” he said.
Also speaking, one of the initiators of the programme, Mrs Joyce Daser Adams, explained that Girls Auto Squad was conceived as an advocacy empowerment programme for the disadvantaged girls, especially internally displaced persons in the urban centres particularly in northern Nigeria.
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