Unemployment: Centre offers 34 free vocational, technical training to vulnerable in Nasarawa

The Nasarawa State Technology, Innovation and Skills Acquisition Centre is offering 34 vocational and technical training to the vulnerable in order tackle unemployment and restiveness in the state.

Dr Idris Umar, General-Manager (GM) of the centre disclosed this in an interview with the Newsmen on Thursday in Lafia.

According to him, the centre was established in 1998 to train youths in different skills to reduce unemployment, increase their earning and make them self-reliant.

He listed some of the skills being offered at the centre to include knitting, tie and dye, welding and fabrication, plumbing, fashion design, barbing, book binding and electrical installation.

Others are hair dressing, leather work, furniture, decoration, tilling, painting, ICT, radio and television repair, carpentry and joinery among others.

The GM explained that the centre has two categories of training for young school leavers and dropouts who will combine the practical and theoretical and for adults, married women and the disabled.

“The young and school dropouts are given Federal Labour Trade Test and training certificate from the centre at graduation.

“They are also encouraged to write technical school examination like NABTEB to enable them further their studies at the polytechnics and universities of technology,” the GM added.

Dr Umar further explained that the government was also giving all their trainees N3,000 every month for upkeep throughout the period of their training at the centre to encourage them.

He said at the end of their programmes, they will be given start-up parks of the basic equipment in their chosen areas of skills to enable them set up their workshops.

The GM commended Governor Abdullahi Sule for his attention which has led to the uplifting facilities in all their centres in Wamaba, Nasarawa, Doma and in Lafia the state capital.

He however, said that they need additional instructors to replace those who have died, retired or transferred their services.

He therefore called on individuals, groups and government at all levels to patronise products produced by the centre as they are highly quality and affordable.

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