Lagos, Nigeria - Nigeria's federal government is to train 29,875 graduates of tertiary institutions annually, under the National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP), to make them ready for jobs and reduce unemployment.
Minister of Trade and Investments Olusegun Aganga announced the plan in a statement Sunday, saying the skill acquisition programme was designed to attract resource empowerment for the trainees upon graduation.
Mr. Aganga said his ministry, in collaboration with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), had put structures in place to ensure that trainees from the NISDP were empowered to be either gainfully employed or able to set up their own businesses.
“Therefore, the strategy of the Ministry of Trade and Investment, working together with the ITF, is to first of all identify the critical sectors of the economy where we have comparative and competitive advantage.
“The second thing is to link those sectors or industries that we have identified to innovation, research and development. Then, the third thing is to link those sectors to industrial skills development. That is where the NISDP comes in,” the