NOIC CALLS FOR PARTNERSHIP ON JOB CREATION
By Nnenna Ezeah
The Executive Director, Nigeria Opportunities Industrialization Centers (NOIC), Mr. Kehinde A. Abiola, has called on the Federal Government and other stakeholders to partner with NOIC to tackle the lingering unemployment problem in the country.
Speaking to journalists in Lagos, Abiola said impacting marketable skills will enable the youths to be self-reliant, be employers of labour and also to live meaningful lives.
'This organisation is built on vocational and agricultural trainig programmes and special project curricular which emphasizes attitudinal and personality development and a holistic approach to learning.
'NOIC is about impacting marketable skills that will enable young people acquire self employed jobs skills and be self-reliant, live meaningful lives and also employ others. We are appealing for assistance from governments at all levels, corporate organisations and concerned stakeholders to join us to put an end to the issue of unemployment in Nigeria within the shortest possible time.'
Abiola pointed out that over 600 trainees would be graduating this week from its programme centres, facilities and structures located in six states of the federation.
'The facility is made up of 14 courses which are agricultural and animal husbandry, auto mechanics, computer studies, computer hardware maintenance, electrical installation, electronics, fashion designing, hotel and catering, refrigeration and air conditioning, secretarial studies, welding and metal fabrication, woodwork and carpentry, hairdressing, marine engineering and navigation'.
In order to ensure that the trainees do not lose sight of their goals, a national revolution scheme was set up to give loans to its graduate trainees to enable them set up their businesses while the NOIC officials follow up the business with regular visits and organising seminars and workshops.