Osinbajo-led council tackles skill gaps among graduates

Alade Abayomi ADeleke
Alade Abayomi ADeleke

The National Council on Skills under the leadership of Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has begun efforts towards bridging the skills gap between graduates of tertiary institutions and the labour market.

News Agency of Nigeria reported that the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, disclosed this during a press brief with State House correspondents, after a meeting of the council, on Monday, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Governor confirmed that the council received memos for them to understudy and return with recommendations in two weeks.

He said, “The meeting is on skills acquisition among our people in Nigeria; to develop our manpower because we observed that there is a missing link; there is a gap between our university graduates and the employability of those graduates in the market as of today.

“So, in order to fill that gap, there must be some discussions on how to have functional skills acquisition centres all over the country and those skill acquisition centres that are down or virtually dead must be put is into use.

Ganduje pointed out that in order to fill the employability gap, there must be a framework for that purpose.

“So, basically, the meeting is to fill the gap that is existing between the university curriculum or tertiary institution curriculum and what is obtained in the labour market.

“There are recommendations; some memos were presented and we are requested to go and study the memo come back in two weeks’ time and make some recommendations,” he added.

NAN also reports that the Federal Executive Council had on Oct. 27, approved the draft National Policy on Welding designed to equip small and medium-scale industries with necessary skills.

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