By; VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
Mr Chuks Ofulue, analysis and Advocacy Manager ,foundation for Partnership initiatives in Niger Delta PIND has advocated the building of students capacity before graduation.
He said “young people need to acquire skills to reduce unemployment.”
Ofulue made the assertion in Calabar while addressing participants at a one day Capacity building programme organised by YP-Calabar in collaboration with PIND.
He said there was need for young people to learn skills in Agriculture, ICT, aquaculture to be able to reduce unemployment as well as curb restiveness in the Niger Delta.
His words :” Most of the things students are being thought in our Universities will become obsolete by the time they become graduate becuase things are changing on a daily basis.
“Skills acquisition is key to the growth and development of our youths because if they acquire skills in agriculture, ICT, aquaculture ,entrepreneurship they will progress because the world has evolved.
“Anything that has to do with youths development and employment is something we welcone in PIND ,unemployment is a huge problem in the Niger Delta becuase it serves as a trigger for conflicts and all the kinds of ills the youths gets involve in within the region and beyond.
“So for us partnering with YP-Calabar is an opportunity to contribute by adding value to reduce unemployment by empowering youth from different sector including leather works capacity building and more all in a bid to end unemployment,” he stated .
“We belueve that the youths who have gathered will gsin a lot ,we believe that once they leave here they will have the capacity to move forward in their various sectors ,” he said .
On his part, the convener of the event, Mr Wale Adenuga said the YP Calabar was all about empowering young people especially the ones below the age of 35 years, particularly fresh graduates ,corps members and so on.
He said the concept of the programne was to get young people within the of 35 years to sit with top executive to gain experience and insight to move thier ideas and plans forward .
“We believe in process ,we have all made mistakes as executives which we dont want the young people to make ,so we give them our experiences so that they can gain insight and its an amzing netwotking opportunity to grow.
“Our young people must learn that their is a process to greatness and it creates an opportunity for the young ones to me mentored , a piece of the right information and guidance can affect their lives forever, it is a confluence of opportunity. Young people need to grow and not blow,” he said .