World Skills Day 2019: Importance of Technical & Vocational Education in Nigeria
Morning Crossfire takes a look at Nigerian youths and the future of work. Wemimo Adewuni and Sheriff Quadri are at the helms of affairs as they shared ideas with guests and other respondents who called on the show. The issues of technical and vocational skills receive more attention during the show. Of course, these are the driving themes of the world skills day celebrated on July 15th of every year.
The United Nations at its general assembly in November 2014 declared July 15 as World Youth Skills Day. The World Youth Skills day seeks to generate greater awareness of and discussion on the importance of technical, vocational education, and training and the development of other skills relevant to both local and global economies.
This year, the theme for World Youth Skills Day 2019 is ‘Learning to learn for life and work’
In Nigeria, youth unemployment stands at 52.65 percent and it is increasing. The situation has been described as a bomb that is ticking louder and louder by the second. Social crisis such as increased militancy, violent crimes, armed banditry, kidnappings, and restiveness are rife. Facts show that both individual and the society as a whole suffer psychologically and economically from the consequences of youth unemployment.
Nigeria has a national industrial revolution plan that was created in 2014 and is currently gathering dust. Also, Nigeria also has national employment plan that has not been put to good use.
Statistics provided by the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics put unemployment rate at 23.1% as of the third quarter in 2018, which is an increase of 23% from 18.8% in third quarter of 2017. Further research indicates that under-employment rate was 20.1%, while youth unemployment and/or under-employment stood at 43.3%. This, therefore, means that the number of unemployed Nigerians rose by 3.3 million to 20.9 million in the third quarter of 2018.
How can Nigeria be made productive through the provision of jobs for its massive population of unemployed youth?
The show anchors want to know if there are any relation between what you studied in your first degree and the job you are doing currently.
You can follow the conversation by clicking Here. Don’t forget to leave your comments.
Studio Guest List
(1) Gbenga Totoyi - Acting Director, Membership and Market Development, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria
(2) Chidi Uguru - Head of Strategic Partnership, Big Cabal Media
(3) Samuel Jimoh - Nigeria Info Twitter Fan/Listener
#MorningCrossfire with @wemimospot @SheriffQuadry
Written by Jude Chukwuemeka