Government and non-state actors have been urged to invest in youth development trainings that would prepare them toward playing active role in the ever competitive global market.
The Founder of the Miwawiwe Development Initiative Mr. Folurunsho Hunga made the call at the second edition of the Graduate Finishing School organised by DOOKE Innovation Centre funded by Miwawiwe Development Initiative held at the DOOKE Innovation Centre, Badagry, Lagos.
He said the alarming rate of unemployed and unemployable youths in Nigeria is worrisome and a source of potential social upheavals if nothing is done.
“It is lamentable that in the midst of the massive youth unemployment and under employment, thousands of foreigners continue to find jobs and work opportunities in Nigeria”, he said.
“It’s an indication that part of the unemployment problem is that of employability and lack of new skills and know how needed in a rapidly transforming economy. Nigeria youths have enormous talents and potentials but providing a space for them to discover, harness and explore their innate abilities is very urgent”.
Hunga stressed that the emerging global technological driven market offers new and greater opportunities for young people who are empowered and positioned to explore its possibilities.
“Government and other stakeholders must work together to fashion ways to provide a rounded educational programme that would enable the youths attain their full potentials in life, carer, relationship and business. The development we see in develope climes are deliberate effort and investment made by all critical stakeholders on their younger generation; who remains the pillar of growth and development in any society.
In his words, Executive Director DOOKE Innovation Centre, Mr. Opeyemi Oke said the Finishing School project is to re-engineer the Nation’s Workforce.
“We do this by bridging the GAP between the knowledge gotten from formal education and the Knowledge, Attitude, Skills and Experience required for success in life and career (including entrepreneurship)”.
“we are improving the Nations GDP one individual at a time. At the finishing school, we refine and develop the Knowledge, Attitude, Skills and Experiences of our students to position for a successful career and business”.
The five weeks programme which ends on Saturday attracts 100 top graduates selected from across the country which featured CAREER DEVELOPMENT in Soft Skills, Communication skill, Presentation and Facilitation skills, Etiquette, CV writing and profiling, Basic I.T and Computer Job search and interview skills and ENTREPRENEURSHIP; Business Computing, Business Presentation, Brand Development and Communication, among others.
MiwawiweFoundation sponsors 100 Badagry indigenes for this 5 weeks intensive training programme.