The Minister of Youth and Sports Development , Mr Sunday Dare , has said it is high time the Federal Government had a deliberate policy on technical education to boost technical and vocational skills among youths in the country .
He said this would enable them to also create jobs for others.
Speaking at a virtual town hall meeting with youths and some other stakeholders on Friday, Dare said the government had put in place several empowerment programmes that people could take advantage of , adding that the government was also developing a national sports industry policy that would enable the youths to explore any of the value chains.
The minister also condemned the shooting of protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza on Tuesday night as he described it as disheartening.
At the meeting, which was attended by the Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, and the Minister of State for Labour and Employment , Mr Festus Keyamo, Dare said , “
Education is critical but I think we have to increasingly start to focus more on technical education and vocational skills.We need to look at our education policy again . We need to deepen technical and vocational training and that would equip our young people so they can create jobs too .
“ When you go to China, Germany and a couple of other countries, the depth of technical education is massive . We need to refocus . How many of our youths want to go to technical colleges ; everybody wants to go to a university , but I think it ’ s important that government has a deliberate policy on technical education .
While calling on the youths to download the youth policy document , Dare said the government was set to train between 150 and 250 youths from the six geopolitical zones in coding , noting that the training would lead to enterprise as the beneficiaries would be given funding and tools to start their business .