The Federal Government has handed over the operation of its skills acquisition centre, located at Konduga, to the Borno government.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Dr Yerima Tarfa, said this at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the ministry and the Borno government on Wednesday, in Abuja.
This is contained in a statement by Ms Patience Onuobia, Head, Press and Public Relations unit, in the ministry.
Onuobia quoted Tarfa as saying that the handing over the Centre to the state government was informed by the need to circumvent the security challenges posed by insurgency in the North-East region of the country.
The permanent secretary said that insecurity had stalled the operation and upgrading of the Vocational Training Skills Centre.
He said the Ministry of Labour and Employment and the Borno State government agreed to put the Centre into use, by the State taking over its operation.
Tarfa said that insurgency across the North-East region led to the decision by the Federal Government to collaborate with the end users of the Skills Acquisition Centre -the government and people of Borno State.
According to him, the Ministry of Labour and Employment decided to hand over its Skills Centre in Konduga, to the Borno State government to utilise, maintain, and put it to good use for the betterment of the state and Nigeria at large.
Tarfa said that the action served as part of the process of actualising the resolution of the Buhari’s administration.
“That is by curbing unemployment and youth restiveness through the establishment of skills centres nationwide.
“It will also encourage the acceptance of blue-collar jobs against the insistence of white-collar jobs, which are highly favoured by the youth,’’ he said.
He noted that the Federal Government would possibly sign MOU with other states, where its skills acquisition centres were located.
He stated that the overall intention of the exercise was to bring knowledge and capacity-building of Nigerian youths to the doorsteps of state governments.
The permanent secretary added that the skills acquisition centres would also help to unite the youths and make them more productive.
He also said that the Federal Government had procured pieces of equipment for the running of the Konduga Centre.
Tarfa assured the delegation from Borno that the Federal Government would continue to collaborate with the state, and give it the necessary support to make the centre a success.
Dr Babagana Mustapha, Borno State Commissioner for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, who signed for the state commended the Federal Government for the opportunity.
Mustapha, who led the delegation, said that the skills acquisition centre would help keep the youth of the state out of insurgency.
He sought Federal Government’s continued assistance, especially technical advice, in driving the project.