By Patience Michael,
The Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity has trains about 200 youths randomly selected from Bauchi State local government areas on various technical and vocational skills.
The Principal, Vocational Training Centre of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity in Bauchi State, Mr Famous Johnson Messa, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the achievements of the centre since its establishment in the state in 2008.
He explained that the programme, which runs annually, was being sponsored by the Skills Development and Certification Department of the ministry.
According to Messa, the programme seeks to precipitate rapid industrialization and stimulate inclusive economic growth by empowering the youths to be gainfully employed through the provision of training in technical vocational skill in various trade areas, business development services and finance.
According to him, "if the country must address the current socio-economic vices plaguing the nation such as kidnapping, high profile assassination, armed robberies, religious intolerance and terrorism and so on, it should introduce more wealth creation and poverty reduction programmes.
"Let me add that technical and vocational skills acquisition is indeed a veritable strategy for deploying sustainable solutions to address and redress these vices as it will facilitate the generation of a self-reliant and responsible citizenry.
"To this end, the centres natiowide require the support of federal and state governments and all stakeholders to expand skills acquisition opportunity in Nigeria, he said.