From Odogwu Emeka Odogwu, Awka
Federal Government has flagged off a specialised skill acquisition Centre in Anambra State in Igbuala Ifitedunu of Dunukofia Council Area.
The project which is federal government oriented under the Ministry of Labor and Employment will sit on about thirty six hectares of land, bounded by Umunya on an axis, Awkuzu in another axis, as well as the popular Nengo river on a different axis.
Governor Willie Obiano, while thanking the federal government for the citing the project in the State, pointed out that his administration has been doing a similar thing, empowering and engaging people in various skills across the State, urging for more of such interventions by the federal government to meaningfully engage more people.
Represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke, the Governor called on the citizenry to take advantage of, and access the CBN/State government loan scheme by forming cooperatives, stressing the need for people, especially the youth to equip themselves with skills, so that with or without University education, they can be gainfully employed, and employ others.
Earlier, the Minister for Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige said that what is unique about drive of the current administration on skills acquisition is that it is rural based and enables wider access to majority of the population, at little or no cost for transportation, saying that the specialized centre which is also being replicated in Alor, Idemili North, Centres in Enugu and Nasarawa States are also receiving attention for completion and rehabilitation, simultaneously.
The Minister further said that in the pipeline also, is a public private partnership to enable demand-driven training in order to supply skills needed by the private sector operators who, according to him, are the larger employers of labor.
The site manager, Architect Mike Nwafor hinted that the project has received approval by government at all levels, assuring that the first phase will be completed in three months, and added that the location will contain a fuel station, hospital, market, play ground, international school, among others.
He said that the specialized skill acquisition Centre has the capacity of about 150 sitters, three skill workshops and laboratories which can contain about 50 people each, and stressed that they will soon commence work on the site.