To effectively close the skills gap in Nigeria, the federal government will collaborate more with the private sector, especially in the relevant policy formation process and the management of skills centres in the country.
Vice president Yemi Osinbajo, stated this yesterday at the meeting of the National Council on Skills, where it was resolved to give more roles to the Organised Private Sector (OPS) as a means to closing the skills gap in the country.
Based on the approval of the Council, the organised private sector represented by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), National Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), the Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, among other groups, will be integrated in the activities of the NCS.
The meeting chaired by the VP in a statement by his media aide , Laolu Akande also resolved to, among other things, encourage the establishment of State Councils on Skills to complement and replicate efforts made at the national level, in order to deeply tackle the issue of skills gap across the country.
At the Council meeting, Prof. Osinbajo said that it was clear the private sector has critical roles to play in resuscitating many of the skills centres across the country, stating that the sector is better positioned to determine the needs of
The VP emphasised the point about creating opportunities for digital skills acquisition as well as other relevant skills across different sectors, also with the active collaboration between the public and private sectors.