By Akin Akande, Abuja
At least three million jobs would be created in the country if the federal government shifts attention to technical and vocational skills training rather than focusing on other areas to fight unemployment, the National Vice President of National Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (NACCIMA) Oba Michael Adesina has said.
He lamented that the dearth of appropriate technical and vocational education in the country is responsible for the poor operation and maintenance of infrastructural facilities across the country.
Oba Adesina who spoke in Abuja yesterday during the opening session of a two-day National Education Summit said that the development has given foreign investors excuse to import middle level workers into the country and has also led to unemployment in the country.
He noted that the summit with the theme: ” Technical and Vocational Education as a driver for economic development and job creation would issue a communiqué to the Presidency for consideration and adoption with a view to help drive the President transformation agenda.
The NACCIMA Vice President remarked that the theme couldn’t come at any other better time than now when unemployment in the country has degenerated to serious security threats.
He urged federal government to develop research institutes by allocating adequate funds for them noting that such institutions are crucial to job creation.
“What is required is linkages between relevant stakeholders here. Research institutions and organised private sector because science and technology are drivers of development” he said.