In its latest efforts to tackle unemployment in the country, the Federal Government is collaborating with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), and to this end, it has proposed a job fair and gone ahead to inaugurate an Inter-Ministerial Committee for the fair to address all the identified barriers to job creation and sustainable livelihood in the country.
While inaugurating the 15-man committee in Abuja, Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Dr Samuel Ortom, said the maiden fair “will support industries by creating sustainable working and knowledge sharing platforms and networks which would link the job seekers to local businesses, as well as the needs and options for job seekers.
“It will also highlight inherent benefits for young individuals who have decided to be entrepreneurs and equally showcase the successful ones with goods and services designed locally and competitive globally while not less than 1,000 jobs will be created at the first instance from this exercise”, he explained.
The minister, who was represented by the Director of Industrial Development and Industrial Inspectorate, Mr Olakunle Sogbola, stressed that the labour market information revealed that one of the major barriers to youth employment is job skills mismatch that hinder the chances of finding employment due to lack of competence in both technical and non-technical skills. Meanwhile, Dr. Chima Ezedinma of UNIDO, speaking on behalf of the committee, commended the federal government for its commitment towards reducing youths’ unemployment in the country, promising full cooperation of the organization to achieve the project’s goals.