IDRC and Chinese expatriates will train young people in air conditioning repair, agribusiness and other skills.
By Mukhtar Ya’u Madobi
A non-governmental organization, NGO, City and Regional Development Initiatives, IDRC, in collaboration with Chinese expatriates, will soon embark on the training of residents of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, in certain professional skills.
IDRC’s FCT coordinator, Miss Joy Osaji, made this known in Abuja during the inauguration ceremony for the construction of a vocational training center for young people, donated by the NGO.
According to Osaji, about 100 people are expected to benefit from the vocational training exercise.
Young people will be trained in building techniques, air conditioning and refrigeration maintenance, carpentry, food processing, styling, mechanics, hairdressing, mobile phone repair, woodworking and carpentry, among others.
Miss Osaji noted that their effort, which was timely and very appropriate, was necessitated by appalling youth unemployment.
“We would also like to thank the China Chamber of General Commerce and its subsidiaries, the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Ltd (CCECC) China Harbor and
China Geo-Engineering Corporation (CGC) for answering our call for help. We would also like to thank the Green Leaf Foundation and the Nigerian Farmers Group and Cooperative Society (NFGCS). »
However, she also urged stakeholders in the country, including the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and the Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), to join this crusade to improve and certify training programs. .
Speaking earlier at the event, Mr. Austin Qichenjun, a representative of Chinese enterprises emerging from the CCECC, lamented that many young people lack the required skills, which makes it difficult for them to find jobs, especially in a competitive environment.
He assured that the CCECC was always ready to develop the skills of its Nigerian workers and to transfer the technology to them, stressing that their company will replicate the same gesture to the participants of this program.
On his part, the representative of China Harbour, Mr. Zhuokun, praised the organizers of the event, while insisting on the acquisition of skills for the Nigerian youth.
He said; “Our company would continue to support skills acquisition for Nigerians and technology transfer and would also work with the project developers to ensure those who were trained find gainful employment.”
A public affairs analyst, Alhaji Mujeed Dahiru, noted that Chinese communities in Nigeria have been generous to our societies through their various corporate social responsibility programs, one of which is skills acquisition.
He therefore called on Nigerians to reciprocate in the same way by ensuring that they grasp the knowledge and skills transferred to them through these types of vocational trainings.
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